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Language: Old English
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he

1 pronoun
     
he1 S1 W1 [used as the subject of a verb]
1 used to refer to a man, boy, or male animal that has already been mentioned or is already known about:
'Where's Paul?' 'He's gone to the cinema.'
It was he who first suggested the idea.
2 used when talking about someone who may be male or female. Some people think this use is old-fashioned:
Everyone should do what he considers best.
! see note at they
3RR

He

used when writing about God

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