Difference Between She and Her
She vs Her
“She” and “her” are both gender specific pronouns. A pronoun is a word that is used in place of a noun. This can better be explained with an example. For instance:
Nancy scored good marks. She is intelligent.
In the above example, “Nancy” is a proper noun, and “she,” which is used in replacement of the proper noun, is a pronoun.
This is Martha’s pen. Give her the pen.
Here, “Martha” is a proper noun, and “her” is used in place of the proper noun.
Pronouns may be differentiated into three types, namely; subjective, objective, and possessive. While “she” and “her” are pronouns, the usage and treatment of both are different.
“She” is a subjective pronoun. When the pronoun is the subject of a sentence, then it is called a subjective pronoun. The subject pronoun may simply replace the noun in a simple sentence. Some other examples of subject pronouns are: I, he, you, it, etc.
Alice is beautiful.
She is beautiful.
“Her” is a possessive pronoun. It is a possessive form of “she.” “Her” is also used as the object of a verb and preposition. For instance:
It is Sarah’s pen.
It is her book. (Possessive pronoun.)
Give her the pen. (Object of a verb.)
Give it to her. (Object of a preposition.)
In some situations, both “she” and “her” may be used in the same sentence. For instance,
Sally is Susan’s dentist.
Sally is her dentist.
She is her dentist.
In this case, “Sally” is the subject and “Susan” is the object. So they are similarly replaced by the subject and object pronouns, namely, “she” and “her.” Here, “she,” is the subject with “dentist” and “her,” the object.
On similar terms:
The jury nominated her as the best actress.
Here, being “nominated” is an action (a verb), and “her” is the recipient of the action (a direct object).
However, there is much confusion regarding the use of “she” and “her.” In a few cases there is a fine line between the right and wrong usage, as in:
This is she.
This is her.
Here both “she” and “her” may be used interchangeably. While “This is she” is a more informal usage; “This is her” is technically correct.
1.“She” is an object pronoun while “her” is a possessive pronoun.
2.“She” is used for the subject of the sentence while “her” is used for the object of the sentence.
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