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The handsome young teacher fell into easy banter with his students, who were not much younger than he/him.

Should this use "he" or "him"?

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  • It's an object pronoun, so you put him. – Alejandro Jul 30 '15 at 3:35

The "this is he vs. this is him" debate rages on. Meanwhile, though, this one is something a bit different. I would say he here, and will disagree with Oshnaj. The reason is that here you are actually saying that his students were not much older than he was, and leaving out the was. Obviously, "not much older than him was" isn't correct.

For a more complete treatment of the subject, see this.

  • Can you explain why you say "he"? Perhaps paraphrase what's in the link? In general, link-only answers are discouraged. – Catija Jul 30 '15 at 3:53

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