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I'm reading Dracula's sequel, Dracula: The Un-dead. This sentence is taken from chapter 48.
Thoughts of Dracula seeped into Mina's mind. God help her. What if it
I'm not sure if it's a printing error or some old-English style of writing but according to me, the "he" in this sentence should be "him". Any idea?
asked May 27, 2017 at 20:10
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You can use the subjective form because it (he) is not an object; rather, it's a predicative complement1 of the copular (was).
However, the objective form (him) is the most natural way of using it in daily conversations. The subjective form (he) is just too formal and is not a suitable for casual use.
1 If you are not sure whether a noun is an object or a predicative complement. You can try the passivation test to confirm it
answered May 28, 2017 at 5:56
it was he
is actually correct. The subjective is used after a be-ing verb.
Most people will understand
it was him
Just as most people will use
It is me
instead of the correct
It is I.
answered May 28, 2017 at 4:41
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