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    I wish I were him

    Hello guys,
    I'm not fully sure if this is really correct:
    I wish I were him.

    Although I believe him is an object, I could imagine to use he.

    Same here:You wish you were me.
    You wish you were I. (But me sounds better here.)

    P.S. Google tells me him is correct, but I don't always trust Google.

    Cheers!

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    Re: I wish I were him

    To me, I wish I were him is perfectly OK. I can't think of any other possibility. Using 'he' would be incorrect.

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    Re: I wish I were him

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hello guys,
    I'm not fully sure if this is really correct:
    I wish I were him.

    Although I believe him is an object, I could imagine to use he.

    Same here:You wish you were me.
    You wish you were I. (But me sounds better here.)

    P.S. Google tells me him is correct, but I don't always trust Google.

    Cheers!
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Good morning, Nightmare.

    (1) In my opinion (ONLY):

    (a) Book English: I wish that I were he.

    (b) Regular English spoken by 95% (?) of native speakers: I wish (that) I was/were him.

    I believe that it would NOT be accurate to call he/him an object in this sentence. The pronoun actually refers back to "I." So most books call it a subject(ive) complement. (It complements or completes the subject.)

    (2) Book English: You wish that you were I.

    Regular English: You wish that you were me.

    (P. S. Some "experts" predict that soon 100% of native speakers will use the "regular" form. Many native speakers think the "book" form is "bad" English because they do not know the "rules." )

    Have a nice day!

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