Common mistake he vs be

Common Mistake: He vs Be

One common mistake that many English learners make is confusing the words "he" and "be." These words may sound similar, but they have very different meanings and functions in a sentence.


"He" is a subject pronoun that is used to refer to a male person or animal who is the subject of a sentence. It is used when talking about someone in the third person singular form.


  • He is a talented musician.
  • He loves to play basketball.
  • He is coming to the party tonight.


"Be" is a verb that is used to indicate a state of being or to connect the subject of a sentence to its complement.


  • I am a student.
  • She is a doctor.
  • We are excited about the trip.

It is important to note that the verb "be" is used with different forms depending on the subject and tense of the sentence. For example:

  • I am
  • You are
  • He/She/It is
  • We/They are

Using "he" instead of "be" can lead to confusion and incorrect sentence structure. For example:

  • He a doctor. (Incorrect)
  • He is a doctor. (Correct)

So, next time you are constructing a sentence, remember to use "he" when referring to a person or animal and "be" when indicating a state of being or connecting a subject to its complement.

As you strive to improve your English grammar skills, you might find it helpful to use the Linguix grammar checker. It can help you identify and correct common grammar mistakes, such as confusing "he" and "be," ensuring that your writing is clear and accurate.

he vs be mistake examples

  • Incorrect:
    It will he turned on.

    It will be turned on.

  • Correct:
    I throw a piece of paper from a candy bar wrapping into his garbage can he had there by the camp stove.
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