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    Takako Shimokawa is offline Newbie
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    Question objective or subjective case of a pronoun?

    Hi all,
    I have a question about a pronoun.

    1. Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.
    2. It was I who struck him.
    I think 1&2 are correct because "Let" takes the objective case of a pronoun, and the verb to be requires the subjective case of a pronoun.

    I'm confused about the sentences below:
    3. It was me whom he struck.
    4. It was I whom he struck.
    There is an argument between my friend and me.

    Which is grammatically correct?

    Thanks

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    Re: objective or subjective case of a pronoun?

    I think you are right about 1 & 2.

    I think 3-4 should be: "It was me whom he struck." (He struck me not He struck I)

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    Re: objective or subjective case of a pronoun?

    4. It was I whom he struck.
    This is grammatically correct, in the use of the subjective case "I" after 'was':, and in the use of 'whom'. However, this now sounds too formal, too correct to the ears of native speakers, and so colloquially, you will hear people break those rules and say,
    It was me whom he struck.
    and even more likely,
    It was me who he struck.

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    Re: objective or subjective case of a pronoun?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hi_there_Carl View Post
    I think you are right about 1 & 2.

    I think 3-4 should be: "It was me whom he struck." (He struck me not He struck I)
    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    4. It was I whom he struck.
    This is grammatically correct, in the use of the subjective case "I" after 'was':, and in the use of 'whom'. However, this now sounds too formal, too correct to the ears of native speakers, and so colloquially, you will hear people break those rules and say,
    It was me whom he struck.
    and even more likely,
    It was me who he struck.
    Thank you for the explanations.
    I really appreciate it

    These kind of things always confuse me.

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    Re: objective or subjective case of a pronoun?

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    4. It was I whom he struck.
    This is grammatically correct, in the use of the subjective case "I" after 'was':, and in the use of 'whom'. However, this now sounds too formal, too correct to the ears of native speakers, and so colloquially, you will hear people break those rules and say,
    It was me whom he struck.
    and even more likely,
    It was me who he struck.

    I agree with you!

    thanks

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