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    Default "I" or "me"?

    I'm confused with this. Please help.

    There are 3 members in my family: my dad, my mom and I/me

    It is he/him who came into the class

    I or me, he or him is correct?

    Please help me to understand it

    Thank you

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    Default Re: "I" or "me"?

    Quote Originally Posted by ngoc_lan View Post
    I'm confused with this. Please help.

    There are 3 members in my family: my dad, my mom and I/me

    It is he/him who came into the class

    I or me, he or him is correct?

    Please help me to understand it

    Thank you

    Personally, I would say

    'There are three members in my family: myself, my dad and my mum.

    I believe it's similar to saying 'myself and John'

    'it is he/him who came into the class' I believe this is incorrect.

    it should be said, 'he came into the class'.




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    Default Re: "I" or "me"?

    Those sentences are all in the TOEFL CBT Prep Guide.

    But I've lost the keys.

    Your answer is not convincing to me. But thanks anyway!

    Someone please help!
    Last edited by ngoc_lan; 25-Aug-2012 at 09:40.

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    Default Re: "I" or "me"?

    "There are three of us, John, Fred and I" this is correct. "There are three of us, John, Fred and me" this is acceptable.
    "It is he/him who came into the class" this is not a very natural utterance. In response to the question "Who came into the class?" the most natural responses would be "It was him" or "He did".

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    Default Re: "I" or "me"?

    thank you very much

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    Default Re: "I" or "me"?

    Quote Originally Posted by ngoc_lan View Post
    Thank you very much.
    A click on the Like button is all you need to do to thank us.

    There's no need to send your thanks in a separate post — especially one in ungrammatical English, putting somebody to the trouble of correcting it.

    Rover

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    Default Re: "I" or "me"?

    "It is he who..." is correct, never him.

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    Default Re: "I" or "me"?

    But B said in the previous post that "it was him" .... I am lost .....

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    "It is he who..." is correct, never him.

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    Default Re: "I" or "me"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jiayun View Post
    But B said in the previous post that "it was him" .... I am lost .....
    bhai said, my emphasis added, "It is he/him who came into the class" this is not a very natural utterance. In response to the question "Who came into the class?" the most natural responses would be "It was him" or "He did".

    If you insist on using the not very natural form, then 'it is he who' is the form that some say is the only correct one.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Default Re: "I" or "me"?

    It is important to understand the difference between "not very natural" and "incorrect". If something is actually incorrect, we will say so. If it is grammatically correct but would sound (to a native's ears) rather odd, wordy, clunky or, in many cases, simply like it is being said by a non-native who has learnt a particular construction and is using it, then we will probably say that it doesn't sound "natural".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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