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    Question "he" or "him"

    Which sentence is correct ?

    1. It's not "him" who taught me how to use the phone.
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    2. It's not "he" who taught me how to use the phone.

    Theoretically, I consider "he" as the correct one, but... I find out that I'm used to using "him".




    Thanks for help

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    Re: "he" or "him"

    He.
    But the more natural way to say this (in my mind) is "He is not the one who taught me how to use the phone."
    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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    #3

    Re: "he" or "him"

    I am not a teacher.

    The verb to be is not a transitive verb so the pronoun following it should stay in the subjective case, so as you rightly thought, the correct sentence is 2.

    However, in conversational English it is very very common, and perfectly acceptable, to use the object pronoun.

    Almost everybody says, 'It's me' rather than 'It is I' and the latter only sounds other than pretentious in the most formal situations.

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    #4

    Re: "he" or "him"

    Thank you guys!!!

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    #5

    Re: "he" or "him"

    Maini, I'm happy the answers helped, but to express appreciation, please just click on the "Thank" button under the post, so we don't think there is a new post that possibly asks a new question.
    Thanks!
    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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