# With dative effect or as an indirect object.
#* '1897' (578 m)'', (Bram Stoker), ''Dracula :
# Following a preposition.
#* '1813' (553 m)'', (Jane Austen), ''Pride and Prejudice :
- ‘I promise,’ he said as I gave him the papers.
# With accusative effect or as a direct object.
#* '1853' (565 m)'', (Charles Dickens), ''Bleak House :
- She was in no humour for conversation with anyone but himself; and to him she had hardly courage to speak.
* '1526' (465 m)'', (William Tyndale), trans. ''Bible , Acts XII:
- ‘He's got it buttoned in his breast. I saw him put it there.’
* '1765' (538 m)'',
- Apon a daye apoynted, the kynge arayed hym' in royall apparell, and set ' hym in his seate, and made an oracion unto them.
- Though poor the peasant’s hut, his feasts though small,
- He sees his little lot the lot of all;
- But calm, and bred in ignorance and toil,
With nominative effect: he, especially as a predicate after (be), or following a preposition.
* 'c. 1616' (493 m)'', (William Shakespeare), ''Macbeth , First Folio 1623, V.10:
- Each wish contracting, fits him to the soil.
* '2003' (611 m)'', Claire Cozens, ''The Guardian , 11 Jun 2003:
- Before my body, I throw my warlike Shield: Lay on Macduffe, And damn'd be him , that first cries hold, enough.
- Lowe quit the West Wing last year amid rumours that he was unhappy that his co-stars earned more than him .
Alternative spelling of his.
(his) when pronounced as he's ; belonging to him.
when pronounced as he's ; that that belongs to him.
Used in some dialects to represent the (often only occasional) pronunciation of his'' as ''he's'' as both a determiner and a pronoun. Although ''his'' is almost always used, regardless of pronunciation, hes and ''he's are sometimes used.
From he's via a reduction of the apostrophe which is, in turn, a contraction of he is and he has.