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    Grammar question

    It's me or It's I. Why?

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    Re: Grammar question

    "It's I" is correct. "I" is acting as a subject complement and takes the subjective case.

    That said: everybody I know says "It's me." There is even an old and not very funny joke:

    St. Peter (at pearly gates): Who is it?

    Voice: It is I!

    St. Peter: Go to hell, we already have all the English teachers we need!

    [disclaimer: I am a native speaker and hold an English undergraduate degree, but am not a teacher]

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    Re: Grammar question

    I'd say:It's me.

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    The old rule is that it should be 'I' because a copular or linking verb cannot take an object. However, the vast majority of users ignore this rule, so it is very difficult to maintain that it is true today.

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    Re: Grammar question

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    The old rule is that it should be 'I' because a copular or linking verb cannot take an object. However, the vast majority of users ignore this rule, so it is very difficult to maintain that it is true today.
    The thing is that in Russian and Armenian we say it's I. But in English I have been using it's me since 1973. I know this old rule too but very few people use it and consequently it's not popular today.


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    Re: Grammar question

    On a formal test, would the student be expected to answer "It is me" or "It is I"?

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    Re: Grammar question

    it is I - as a rule, I use the simple personal pronoun as a subject. "I" changes form as it functions as subject or object.

    It is I who... (started the conversation).

    It is they who...
    Last edited by bianca; 18-Jun-2007 at 17:05.

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    Re: Grammar question

    Quote Originally Posted by Delmobile View Post
    On a formal test, would the student be expected to answer "It is me" or "It is I"?
    Most tests would avoid the question, but if the question were included, I would advise using the subject pronoun on the grounds that only a pedant would possibly include it as a testing item.

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