Re: whom it was
Well, some would. If you are pointing out a man you had previously spoken of, #1 and 3 are reasonably natural. #2 and # are indeed rather stuffy.
Originally Posted by ian_k
That is not necessarily the case.
Additionally, in these sentences, 'the man' is redundant because you're already using the pronoun 'he'.
They are not saying the same thing.
The following is saying the same thing
- "He was quite/really easy to talk to." | "The man was quite/really easy to talk to."
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