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    It was him, or, It was he?

    Hello.
    How can "it" function for a person, because It should be used for objects and not for human beings or animals, correct?

    It was him/he.
    Why not?
    He was him.

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    #2

    Re: It was him, or, It was he?

    Where did you find "it" used to refer to a person?

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    Re: It was him, or, It was he?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    Where did you find "it" used to refer to a person?
    In some movies.
    E.g; Hanna: Kirsty, someone was chasing me last night when I was coming back home from work. I doubt, it was Joe.
    Kirsty: No, it can't be joe. Joe has been admitted to a hospital for the past 3 days. He met an accident.

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    Re: It was him, or, It was he?

    That's common conversational English, and "it" is not being used to refer to a specific person but to "someone."
    Last edited by Tarheel; 25-Dec-2015 at 13:34. Reason: Insert missing quote marks

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    Re: It was him, or, It was he?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    That's common conversational English, and "it" is not being used to refer to a specific person but to "someone.
    And that "someone" is a "human being", right? As I asked in my first question that "it" should be used to refer to objects, and not for human beings or animals.

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    #6

    Re: It was him, or, It was he?

    'It' is being used as a dummy subject in your sentences. It stands for 'the person who was chasing Hanna'.
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    #7

    Re: It was him, or, It was he?

    It can also function for a person when we're not sure- you will sometimes hear babies being called it when we don't know the sex.

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    #8

    Re: It was him, or, It was he?

    Also, we use "it" to refer to animals all the time -- especially when we don't know the sex, and sometimes even when we do. Example:

    Watch out for that dog. It bites.

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