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    Question better than she/her...

    1. I suddenly found myself unsure of the correct pronoun in this sentence:
    Where can you find a better pianist than (she/her)?
    2. Is there anything wrong with this sentence? (It's about endangered species.)
    A dramatic example is the vicuna, a gazelle-like relative of the camels, which lived in the high Andes.
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    Default Re: better than she/her...

    1- 'Her' is much more common, but many purists would prefer 'she' because it's after a conjunction. If you find 'she' strange, you could use 'than she is'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    1- 'Her' is much more common, but many purists would prefer 'she' because it's after a conjunction. If you find 'she' strange, you could use 'than she is'.
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    Thanks. Anyway, the problem with being an EFL teacher is that you are supposed to learn all the grammar rules, but apply them selectively. I find it hard to be consistent (and teach the students consistency) because there's always a gap between what's right (or 'pure' or 'purist') and what's common.

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    I think that taking a purist view will lead students to confusion when they come across the realities of native usage. I have a colleague in the States who told me that one of his colleagues teaches 'It is I' as the correct form. I understand the argument about copular verbs not taking objects, but does anyone really use it? Where there are alternatives, like if I was/if I were, there's always the formal cop-out- you can say that form x is preferred in formal language.

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    Default Re: better than she/her...

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I think that taking a purist view will lead students to confusion when they come across the realities of native usage. I have a colleague in the States who told me that one of his colleagues teaches 'It is I' as the correct form. I understand the argument about copular verbs not taking objects, but does anyone really use it? Where there are alternatives, like if I was/if I were, there's always the formal cop-out- you can say that form x is preferred in formal language.
    Yes, I do say that all the time, and the students just grunt and complain.

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    Default Re: better than she/her...

    Try hitting them.

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