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    A phone phrase - This is she.

    Hey everyone,

    Im studying phone phrases and at the webpage Business English - Telephone Talk , I found the example:

    Is Marina there? - This is she.

    I wonder whether the answer is correct or should rather be This is her.

    Thanks for your time.

    Waawe

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    Re: A phone phrase - This is she.

    Both are correct. Although This is she is traditional and therefore considered more formal than This is her, both are English, both are used in formal situations--unless that is, it's a question on a exam testing traditional grammar rules, in which case This is she would be considered the better answer.

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    Re: A phone phrase - This is she.

    You might hear it at the Institute of Applied Pedantry.

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    Re: A phone phrase - This is she.

    Hey... I use This is she.

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    Re: A phone phrase - This is she.

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    Hey... I use This is she.
    Well, I'm minded to say 'This is he', but I usually fight the tendency - for fear of sounding even stuffier than I naturally am . So I just say 'Speaking?', or - if the inquirer sounds informal - 'You've got him'.

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    Re: A phone phrase - This is she.

    I'm more cautious - I usually ask "Who's calling?"

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    Re: A phone phrase - This is she.

    Thanks everyone. Ill remember your precious advice. I considered the phrase "This is she" incorrect as I was taught personal pronouns like I, he, they should be used only in the function of the subject as in "Hes taller than me." Probably one of the exceptions?

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    Re: A phone phrase - This is she.

    Copular verbs like 'be' traditionally don't take objects, so some prefer to use the subject pronoun there. With your example you will hear:
    taller than me
    taller than I
    taller than I am

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