That book is his; his are better; I am a friend of his.
An example of the use of his as a pronoun is in the following sentence, "Ken loves to read; The Scarlet Letter is his favorite novel," which means that The Scarlet Letter is Ken's favorite novel.
An example of his used as an adjective is in the phrase "His Royal Majesty," which means that he is the Royal Majesty.
Ahab his mark for Ahab's mark.
Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted?
His boots; his plans.
His Grace, His Highness.
If you can't find your hat, take his.
Origin of his
- Middle English from Old English ko- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition