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    #1

    modern English usage

    Which of the following is correct?
    "Treats for her who loved you first" or "Treats for she who loved you first". I know that in the 19th century the first option was correct from reading Jane Eyre; ("...choose her who loves you best"). But someone told me recently that now, it's changed. I don't think so..but just to make sure.

    And would it be possible to give me a quotation from a 'modern' source?i.e after 2000.

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    #2

    Re: modern English usage

    It's always been correct to use the object pronoun 'her' in that context.

    Unfortunately, you'll hear many native speakers mistakenly saying 'she'.

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    Re: modern English usage

    If you remove the relative clause it will be clearer. "Treats for her" is correct because "her" is the object of a preposition.

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