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Hello,

I was taught that we normally use the pronoun "it" for animals and othe non living things.

But, sometimes I see sentence like this

This is Tipu.

He is our puppy.

Why "he" has been used for "puppy"?
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Most people would use he or she to refer to a pet (or any animal in which the gender was known).

I would never call my cat an "it." He is, in fact, at this very moment, lying across my forearms while I type.

But if you know the sex of the animal, use it. "The mother bear was very protective of her cub. She kept a sharp look out for possible threats." It would sound awkward to say "The mother bear was very protective of its cub. It kept... etc."

On the other hand, a squirrel in the yard isn't going to be flashing you, so you can say "Look at the squirrel - it's so cute."
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Grammar Geeka squirrel in the yard isn't going to be flashing you

I am a big fan of reading such humors, GG.Emotion: smile