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    #1

    Which is correct?

    Hello,

    Which is correct?

    'It was him who saved her.'

    'It was he who saved her.'

    Thanks

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    #2

    Re: Which is correct?

    Both are correct but the former is very informal and the latter is very formal. You can avoid being too formal or too informal by replacing him, he ,etc with a noun such as John or Mary.
    It was John who saved her.

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    #3

    Re: Which is correct?

    The natural rewrite is "He is the one who..."
    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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