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    Hello, is the following sentence correct?
    It is not I who told him the story.

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    #2

    Re: It is not

    Quote Originally Posted by ucef View Post
    Hello, is the following sentence correct?
    It is not I who told him the story.
    I'm not a teacher, but I'm a translator and a tour guide and therefore I have a very good command of English. Let me suggest the following version: "It is not me who told him the story"

    Best

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    Re: It is not

    I wasn't the one who told him!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: It is not

    Quote Originally Posted by ucef View Post
    Hello, is the following sentence correct?
    It is not I who told him the story.

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    ************************


    Ucef,


    (1) You have asked a great question.

    (2) According to the "rules," the "correct" English is:

    It is not I who told him.

    It is I, he, she, we, they.

    (3) Today in modern American English, many (most?) people

    refuse to follow the rule. I guess 95% of people say:

    It is me.

    (4) Many teachers say that the "rule" was based on Latin,

    and English -- of course -- is not Latin. So most teachers say that

    "It is me/ her/ him/ us/ them" is now correct English.

    (5) If you say "It is I" or "It was he" or "It is we," people may think

    two things:

    (a) You want everyone else to know that you speak better English

    than they do. In other words, you are a snob.

    or

    (b) You are speaking "bad" English (because most native speakers

    probably think that "It is me" is "correct" English).

    (6) When you speak, maybe it's a good idea to "break" the rule and

    say "It is me"; when you write (especially university-level

    writing), you might want to follow the "rule" and write "It is I."

    THANK YOU


    P. S. There are also social reasons for one's choice. A young man

    may be afraid to say "It is I" because some people might say or

    think that he is a "sissy."





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    #5

    Re: It is not

    Quote Originally Posted by ucef View Post
    Hello, is the following sentence correct?
    It is not I who told him the story.
    I would tend towards a past tense, for the first verb, e.g.

    1. It was not I who told him the story.
    2. It wasn't me who told him the story.

    (#1 would suit a formal and #2 a non-formal context.)

    Best wishes,

    MrP

    Not a professional ESL teacher.

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    Re: It is not

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    ************************


    Ucef,


    (1) You have asked a great question.

    (2) According to the "rules," the "correct" English is:

    It is not I who told him.

    It is I, he, she, we, they.

    (3) Today in modern American English, many (most?) people

    refuse to follow the rule. I guess 95% of people say:

    It is me.

    (4) Many teachers say that the "rule" was based on Latin,

    and English -- of course -- is not Latin. So most teachers say that

    "It is me/ her/ him/ us/ them" is now correct English.

    (5) If you say "It is I" or "It was he" or "It is we," people may think

    two things:

    (a) You want everyone else to know that you speak better English

    than they do. In other words, you are a snob.

    or

    (b) You are speaking "bad" English (because most native speakers

    probably think that "It is me" is "correct" English).

    (6) When you speak, maybe it's a good idea to "break" the rule and

    say "It is me"; when you write (especially university-level

    writing), you might want to follow the "rule" and write "It is I."

    THANK YOU


    P. S. There are also social reasons for one's choice. A young man

    may be afraid to say "It is I" because some people might say or

    think that he is a "sissy."




    Oh, woe is I!

    Better in these cases to re-word the statement to avoid this dilemma.

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