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    He or Him?

    Hello teachers!

    What is the difference between "He is stonger than he" and "He is stronger than him"? Is it something that has to see with written language and oral language?

    Thank you


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    Re: He or Him?

    It's to do with formality. Subject pronouns are more formal than object pronouns here. But if you really want to be formal, then be consistent: He is stronger than he is, and make it understandable: Peter is stronger than Tom (is).


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    Re: He or Him?

    you would say, 'He is stronger than him'. 'He is stonger than he' is incomplete. Or you could say 'He is stonger than he is'.


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    Re: He or Him?

    He is stronger than him and He is stronger than he (is) are both ok, the problem is that without a picture or a context it is difficult to understand and differentiate He from him. To avoid it I suggested Peter is stronger than Tom (is), that is, or Peter is stronger than him or he (is) or He is stronger than Tom (is).

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    Re: He or Him?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cheedo View Post
    Hello teachers!

    What is the difference between "He is stonger than he" and "He is stronger than him"? Is it something that has to see with written language and oral language?

    Thank you
    He is stronger than him : correct [ the pronoun him is in the accusative case]
    He is stronger than he is - you need a verb here because you have the pronoun he in the nominative case.

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    #6

    Re: He or Him?

    In the following sentences, formal usage requires the subjective case (I, he, she, we, they) because the pronoun would be the subject if a verb were supplied:

    You are more responsible than he. (in full, ...than he is.)

    Informal usage permits the objective case:

    You are more responsible than him.

    Formal English uses the objective case (me, him, her, us, them) only when the pronoun would be the object if a verb were supplied:

    I thought you preferred John to Mary, but now I see that you like her more than him. (which means ...you like her more than you like him).

    Just watch out what you really want to say:

    Martha and Jason like spending free time with eath other. I like spending free time with them too.
    However, Martha spends more time with him than me. (Martha doesn't spend as much free time with me as she does with Jason.) or (Compared with Martha, I spend less free time with Jason.) AMBIGUOUS

    However, Martha spends more time with him than I (do). (Compared with Martha, I spend less free time with Jason.) UNAMBIGUOUS


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    Re: He or Him?

    So, if I get you right 'she loves me more than you' may mean:
    1- She loves me more than she loves you, or
    2- She loves me more than you love me.
    It's all very well with I/me, he/his... but what about 'YOU' --> AMBIGUOUS unless you provide DO? is it so?


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    #8

    Re: He or Him?

    It is ambiguous, except that you will usually have a context which will indicate what is meant. If there is no context, you need "do" to avoid the ambiguity.

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