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    Hi

    Why did the writer use "he' and not "him" in this sentence?


    It is he whom the committee has chosen

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    Re: whom (not the subject)

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    Hi

    Why did the writer use "he' and not "him" in this sentence?


    It is he whom the committee has chosen

    thank you
    That is a challenging question, indeed! Consider it this way.
    Person One: "It is he!"
    Person Two: "Who?"
    Person One: "You know, the man chosen by the committee."
    Person Two: "Oh, so he is the one whom the committee has chosen!"
    Person One: "Yes, it is he whom the committee has chosen."

    The point is that two independent clauses have, in effect, been joined together:
    It is he.
    The committee has chosen him (which, when you reverse it, becomes "whom.")

    I hope that is helpful. Thank you for bringing this illuminating example.

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    Re: whom (not the subject)

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    Hi

    Why did the writer use "he' and not "him" in this sentence?
    It is he whom the committee has chosen

    The reason is that according to the rules of formal English, object pronouns, such as 'him', cannot follow any form of the verb 'to be'.
    (The verb 'to be' is a linking verb.)

    But common usage prefers object pronouns like 'him'.
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    Re: whom (not the subject)

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Hi

    Why did the writer use "he' and not "him" in this sentence?


    It is he whom the committee has chosen

    thank you
    Whom the committe has chosen is he.

    Nominal subjective complements are assigned nominal case.
    The subject is 'Whom the committe has chosen'.

    If we extrapose the subject we get this:
    It is he whom the committee has chosen

    Extraposition of subject does not affect case.
    Why whom? The committe has chosen whom. The relative pronoun functions as the direct object of 'has chosen'. Object pronouns are assigned accusative case.

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