Saturday, February 23, 2008

He (IPA: [hi:]) is a third-person, singular personal pronoun (subject case) in Modern English.



A greeting phrase used by the Scooby Gang


Main article: Gender in EnglishHe Gender

The reconstructed Indo-European language provides a demonstrative pronoun ko.

English is a development of the West Germanic language family.

Speakers of Old English (OE) considered each noun to have a grammatical gender — masculine, feminine or neuter. selected to have the same grammatical gender as the noun they referred to. For example, dæg (IPA: [dæj], day) was masculine, so a masculine pronoun was used when referring to a day or days. The personal pronoun for a singular masculine subject was written he, just like Present-Day English (PrDE). However, OE he was probably pronounced like PrDE hay (IPA: [he:]). The vowel in hay is normally longer in duration than in the exlamation Hey! (IPA: [he]). Because the vowel sound of OE he was long in duration, scholars (and OE dictionaries) now write it as .

Middle English

Generic antecedents
Gender-specific pronoun
English personal pronouns