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synonyms for him

  • her
  • hir
  • it
  • me
  • them
  • ver
  • xem
  • you
  • zir
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What is a synonym for him?

We don’t traditionally think of the word him as having synonyms, but there are several situations in which it can replace—or be replaced with—another word, phrase, or series of words.

he

Sometimes a sentence can be reworded to replace the object him with the equivalent subject he. For example, the question “When do you expect him to arrive?” could be reworded as “When do you expect he will arrive?”

Him is commonly used after linking verbs (like is and was) in sentences like It was him that I saw on the train or It is him in that picture, but sometimes the word he is used in such constructions, such as when saying “This is he” when answering the phone.

himself

In some cases, the word himself is used as another way of saying him. For example, it’s common to say things like He should think for himself. Himself is also sometimes used in place of him after the words as, than, and but, as in He saw at the door a boy no older than himself and He has no one to blame but himself. 

them

Like they, them has a long history of being used to refer to an unspecified individual or to a person whose gender and other personal details are unknown or irrelevant, as in If a student is absent, they must bring in a note with them when they return to school. Sentences like this sometimes use constructions like he or she and him or her, but the use of they and them has become very common in such instances, with many people preferring them as less awkward and more inclusive.

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How to use him in a sentence

She came close to him-came round the table till she stood within a few feet of him.
YOU NEVER KNOW YOUR LUCK, COMPLETEGILBERT PARKER
Lor, de house seems so still widout him!cant a fly scratch his ear but it starts a body.
THE MINISTER'S WOOINGHARRIET BEECHER STOWE
Jim's back was bleeding in several places from the stones that Jenkins had thrown at him., and I was a mass of bruises.
BEAUTIFUL JOEMARSHALL SAUNDERS
You have seen a mesmerist or biologist, or whatever-you-call-him-ist, communicate with a man under his spell without speech.
DUFFELSEDWARD EGGLESTON
Look at him!and then look at yourself in the nearest mirror that reflects so poor and mean a picture of a man!
THE SORROWS OF SATANMARIE CORELLI
But say—did you see the way the Reverend What-d'you-call-him jumped on him this mornin' in the papers?
TO HIM THAT HATHLEROY SCOTT
But I had some confidence in my own qualifications; and as I gave a sly glance down at my nether person, 'Dash-the-wig-of-him!'
THE MIRROR OF LITERATURE, AMUSEMENT, AND INSTRUCTIONVARIOUS
Much as he worshipped her, this intrepid directness of soul startled him-almost humbled him.
EVAN HARRINGTON, COMPLETEGEORGE MEREDITH
He sought for a way to pay back the slight and raise him-self to fame.
THE LIFE OF GEORGE WASHINGTONJOSEPHINE POLLARD
Did not Diccon appoint the place, where thou should'st stand to meet him?Chat.
GAMMER GURTON'S NEEDLEMR. S. MR. OF ART
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WORDS RELATED TO HIM

  • him
  • hir
  • it
  • me
  • them
  • ver
  • xem
  • you
  • zir
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.