I read a sentence in a news paper and it was like

Abhinav Bindra's final Olympics finished in the most agonising manner when the Indian shooter lost out in a shootout after both him and Serhiy Kulish of Ukraine were tied at 163.8 after seven series of shots.

Does him right here?

I think he is right since it is referring to the subject here.

Correct me if I'm wrong.

Is it wrong to use he instead of him?

Please explain to me.

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    Yes, this is an error in case. The phrase he and Serhiy Kulish is the subject of the verb were tied in the clause. The correct pronoun is he, which is the subjective case. Him is the objective case. Aug 8, 2016 at 19:19

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Standard English requires the pronoun to be he there as it is functioning as part of the subject of its clause. So you are correct.

You might sometimes hear him used as a subject pronoun in informal spoken English, but this would still be considered ungrammatical according to standard English.


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