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    Default It appears to be I/me?

    I came across this question:
    "It appears to be___."
    The answer given is "I".
    We are so used to, however, saying "It appears to be me."

    Is this some grammar similar to "It was I", "It was he" etc?

    How to explain it?

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: It appears to be I/me?

    Appear can be a copula/linking verb, but it's a poor question to me. The majority of native speakers would say me.

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    Default Re: It appears to be I/me?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Appear can be a copula/linking verb, but it's a poor question to me. The majority of native speakers would say me.
    The I/me follows to be, not appears.

    I agree that most of us would say me.
    Last edited by 5jj; 14-Apr-2013 at 09:29. Reason: typo

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    Default Re: It appears to be I/me?

    Thank you for your replies.
    Perhaps in spoken English, we say "it appears to be me."
    But is "I" correct in written English?

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    Default Re: It appears to be I/me?

    Quote Originally Posted by manjusaka View Post
    But is "I" correct in written English?
    Whether it's spoken or written, most native speakers (for the third time) would use 'me'.

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    Default Re: It appears to be I/me?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    The I/me follows to be, not appears.
    But it doesn't change the answer.

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    Default Re: It appears to be I/me?

    Wake me when you're done.

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