Him vs Hes - What's the difference?

him | hes |

As an adjective him

is male.

As a noun him

is male (someone of masculine gender).

As a determiner hes is

(his) when pronounced as he's ; belonging to him.

As a pronoun hes is

when pronounced as he's ; that that belongs to him.

As a contraction hes is


Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



(wikipedia him)


  • # With dative effect or as an indirect object.
  • #* '1897' (578 m)'', (Bram Stoker), ''Dracula :
  • ‘I promise,’ he said as I gave him the papers.
  • # Following a preposition.
  • #* '1813' (553 m)'', (Jane Austen), ''Pride and Prejudice :
  • She was in no humour for conversation with anyone but himself; and to him she had hardly courage to speak.
  • # With accusative effect or as a direct object.
  • #* '1853' (565 m)'', (Charles Dickens), ''Bleak House :
  • ‘He's got it buttoned in his breast. I saw him put it there.’
  • * '1526' (465 m)'', (William Tyndale), trans. ''Bible , Acts XII:
  • Apon a daye apoynted, the kynge arayed hym' in royall apparell, and set ' hym in his seate, and made an oracion unto them.
  • * '1765' (538 m)'',
  • 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,
    Each wish contracting, fits him to the soil.
  • 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:
  • Before my body, I throw my warlike Shield: Lay on Macduffe, And damn'd be him , that first cries hold, enough.
  • * '2003' (611 m)'', Claire Cozens, ''The Guardian , 11 Jun 2003:
  • Lowe quit the West Wing last year amid rumours that he was unhappy that his co-stars earned more than him .
  • See also

    * he * his * her * them





    Etymology 1

    Alternative spelling of his.

    Alternative forms

    * he's * his


  • (his) when pronounced as he's ; belonging to him.
  • Pronoun

  • when pronounced as he's ; that that belongs to him.
  • Usage notes

    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.

    Etymology 2

    From he's via a reduction of the apostrophe which is, in turn, a contraction of he is and he has.


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