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    To be

    Which is correct?

    The winning high jumper was her/she
    That may be she/her waiting at the bottom of the stairs
    It was probably they/them swimming in the Browns' pool
    Could it have been she/her on the phone?


    What I have been taught is that when the verb "to be" is present then one must use the subjective pronoun


    So then "the winning high jumper was she"
    because she is the subjective pronoun


    Can anyone confirm that I am doing this correctly?


    Thanks :)

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    Re: To be

    Quote Originally Posted by Jason7377 View Post
    Which is correct?

    The winning high jumper was her/she
    That may be she/her waiting at the bottom of the stairs
    It was probably they/them swimming in the Browns' pool
    Could it have been she/her on the phone?


    What I have been taught is that when the verb "to be" is present then one must use the subjective pronoun


    So then "the winning high jumper was she"
    because she is the subjective pronoun


    Can anyone confirm that I am doing this correctly?


    Thanks :)
    Rules in English are made to be broken. According to your rule, one should say "Woe is I" or "This is I."

    No one talks like that.

    The first sentence, I would use "her." Actually, I would just say "She was the winning high jumper." No need to use the passive.

    Her/them/her for your other sentences.

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