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    use of 'them'

    Hi fellows,

    I produced the following sentence the other day:

    "... itīs them that find us sometimes."

    Iīm not really sure that the use of "them" is correct. Or can it be only used when the pronoun is last in the sentence? e.g.:

    " what I really worry about is them."

    Thanks for your help!!!

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    Re: use of 'them'

    Quote Originally Posted by andresalles View Post
    Hi fellows,

    I produced the following sentence the other day:

    "... itīs them that find us sometimes."

    Iīm not really sure that the use of "them" is correct. Or can it be only used when the pronoun is last in the sentence? e.g.:

    " what I really worry about is them."

    Thanks for your help!!!
    The position in the sentence is irrelevant. It's whether the pronoun acts as a subject or object that determines its form.

    "... itīs they that find us sometimes." They find us.
    " what I really worry about is them." I worry about them.
    You'll find that native speakers don't always follows the proper rules for personal pronouns.

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    Re: use of 'them'

    Indeed, we natives can be remarkably inconsistent on this point: although, at least conversationally, we will avoid like the proverbial plague saying simply e.g.

    It's they!

    (or, somehow worse-sounding still,

    It's I!)

    , preferring syntactically unsound but much less pedantic

    It's them!

    It's me!

    , in cases where the pronoun is followed by a relative clause, at least for relatively formal/careful usage, we will frequently revert to the theoretically correct nominative form,

    It's they that told us.

    It is I who am to blame.

    The relative clause seems somehow to 'highlight' the case-form of its antecedent, making us a little uncomfortable with the form of the pronoun that we might otherwise use without thinking.

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