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    "It's I"

    I've found this expression in a dialogue:

    (someone's knocking on the door)
    A: Who is it?
    B: It's I

    Why is I correct? I would have answered It's me instead.

    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: "It's I"

    (Someone's knocking on the door)
    A: Who is it?
    B: It's I U The complement of the verb to be as expressed by a pronoun should be in the nominative form. It’s I who is knocking on the door.

    Why is I correct? I would have answered It's me instead. Informal.

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    Re: "It's I"

    Thanks a lot! Very clear.

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    Re: "It's I"

    This reminds me of an old joke.....someone is knocking at the Pearly Gates, and St. Peter calls out, "Who's there?"
    A voice relies, "It is I."
    St. Peter says, "Oh, go to Hell. We have more than enough English teachers up here already!"



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    Re: "It's I"

    Quote Originally Posted by Buddhaheart View Post
    (Someone's knocking on the door)
    A: Who is it?
    B: It's I U The complement of the verb to be as expressed by a pronoun should be in the nominative form. It’s I who is knocking on the door.

    Why is I correct? I would have answered It's me instead. Informal.
    Though ‘it is me’ violates the grammatical rule that the verb to be should be followed by a complement in the nominative case, it has become established by usage, and must therefore be accepted.
    Usage means ‘that which has become customary’ or ‘that which has been established by long- standing use.
    --Frederck T Wood, Current English Usage

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    Re: "It's I"

    "It's I" is not the correct form. It's simply one choice. The prescription that tells us that the pronoun should be in the nominative form was a bad rule based on Latin grammar. English is not Latin, nor is it French, Spanish, Italian or Yoruba.

    It's + nominative form = more formal which does NOT mean correct.

    It's + objective form = more casual which does NOT equate to incorrect.

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    Re: "It's I"

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    This reminds me of an old joke.....someone is knocking at the Pearly Gates, and St. Peter calls out, "Who's there?"
    A voice relies, "It is I."
    St. Peter says, "Oh, go to Hell. We have more than enough English teachers up here already!"


    No comment!

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    Re: "It's I"

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    This reminds me of an old joke.....someone is knocking at the Pearly Gates, and St. Peter calls out, "Who's there?"
    A voice relies, "It is I."
    St. Peter says, "Oh, go to Hell. We have more than enough English teachers up here already!"


    A voice replies, .....

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    Re: "It's I"

    St. Peter: "Who's there?"
    A voice: "It is I."
    St. Peter: "Oh, go to Hell. We have more than enough English teachers up here already!"
    A voice: (See post #6)

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    Re: "It's I"

    Making mental note: proofread before hitting "post," proofread before hitting "post".........

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