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This tag is for questions about distinctions between subject and object forms of pronouns.

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Worst of all is Waking‘s overreliance on colors for its map interface. I’m trying my best here being told to go to the exit via the magenta dots on the map. Or if I have to complete a nearby objective,...
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there is nobody but they and the ministers left behind [duplicate]

In the following passage, why is the boldfaced pronoun "they" used instead of "them"? We conjectured that the reason for the perhaps unusual, if not unhealthful, development of ...
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Reflexive pronoun as subjective case / WHO have THEM shadowed?

The questions are in a paragraph in the famous story about Passenger Pigeon http://messybeast.com/extinct/passenger.htm ////////////// The Passenger Pigeon was once probably the most numerous bird on ...
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"This is I at work." or "This is me at work."? [closed]

The context of this question: I take a snapshot of myself sitting in my cubicle and send it to someone. The caption of the photo I put is "This is I at work." but I just want to make sure (...
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Can a noun or word have more than one case?

Can a noun or word have more than one case? I was thinking the phrase "you look like a spider climbing up the stairs" before I thought that within that phrase or sentence, "spider" ...
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Mine and Riley's lives ...My and Riley's lives ...Riley and my lives?

You have made a difference in mine and Riley's lives ... or You have made a difference in my and Riley's lives ... or You have made a difference in Riley's and my lives Not sure what to use here.
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He and I / Him and me / He and me / Him and I [duplicate]

A: Where would you have the perfect date? B: In a place without people. Just him and me. Is this written correctly?
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I need to know if I should how I should use the word me or if I should use the word I

Should I type in an email: Thank you for meeting with Shane and me yesterday or Thank you for meeting with me and Shane yesterday
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Which word should I use, "master" or "Master"

When I am writing a personal statement, I am confused by the word "master". I don't know weather I can use the lower case because that's showed in the dictionary. But my friend from the UK told me ...
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Relative pronoun whom, who

When you speak to him remember to whom you are speaking. When you speak to him remember who you are speaking to. When you speak to him remember whom you are speaking to. What is the ...
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..., on the other hand,

Is it a correct way to say Me, on the other hand, was/were feeling increasingly uneasy. Are highlighted words used here correctly?
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He/Him buttering sunscreen on my back

We were vacationing at the beach, I/me sprawled on my towel, he/him buttering sunscreen on my back. What should be the correct choice and why? My intuition tells me that me ... him is the correct ...
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He or him? Pronoun

I have a sentence like this There are four people in his family. They are his parents, his younger sister and him. Is is correct if I substitute "he" for "him" in the sentence above?
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"more depressed than her/she"

Please explain the error in the following: He looks more depressed than her but I don't know the reason. Is there any error in it? My book says her should be replaced by she. This confuses me ...
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"Lily, not he/him, had planned the party" — Which pronoun is more appropriate?

In this sentence should I use "he" in place of 'him"? He explained that Lily, not him, had planned the party.
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Personal Pronouns and complement of verb be

Which personal pronouns are complement of verb be? First example: A: It was him who broke the window pane. or B: It was he who broke the window pane. Second example: C: It’s me. Can you ...
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"John and I are friends" vs. "John and me are friends" [duplicate]

I was corrected in the middle of a conversation because I used "John and I are friends" as opposed to "John and me are friends." I think the former sounds correct, but am not sure. Could someone ...
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Be + nominative vs. accusative

I heard that this question causes an eternal conflict between people, and I'd be interested in what you think about it, and whether there is an answer to it or not. (It might have already been asked ...
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"as rich as him", "as rich as he" or "as rich as he is"

1) I've never met a man as rich as him. 2) I've never met a man as rich as he. 3) I've never met a man as rich as he is. Which one of the above-mentioned is correct (in formal scenario) and ...
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"subject pronoun", "object pronoun" or "possessive pronoun"

This is a photograph of him and his brother. This is a photograph of he and his brother. This is a photograph of his and his brother. Which pronoun is suitable, "subject pronoun","...
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I have never seen either + sentence or + sentence

Is it grammatically correct to add a full sentence after the word either and the word or as in the following sentence, or should it be written as in the second sentence? My brother is a cook ...
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"depends on who you ask" vs "depends on whom you ask" [duplicate]

Use the adjective exalted to describe something (or someone) that is raised in rank, value, or power. Which group has the most exalted status at your high school depends on who you ask. ...
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Possessive and language cases

I've just been told my current understanding of possessives is ungrammatical, it was noticed in this sentence The iPhone has been the most successfully sold Apple 's product and I was advised to ...
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Expletive it: reference to they/them

Which of these is used correctly? It were them. It was them. It was they. It were they. I actually think the "it" is an expletive indicator so noun is whether them or they and since both are plural, ...
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Is it "he" or "him" in the sentence?

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 ...
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"We fans" or "us fans"?

I was wondering, if I want to point out to someone that me and another specific group of people are fans of something, should I use the pronoun "us" or "we" in conjunction with "fans"? Example: ...
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Subjective or Objective pronoun in this case?

I have recently been considering the correct use of "I" and "Me" in this particular case; Someone posted a picture of themselves, standing next to a celebrity, on a social media site, with the caption ...
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Should an infinitive be treated as a subject or object?

Should an infinitive be treated as a subject or object? For example, in 'I want to know it', is the 'to know' subjective or objective?
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When to use I vs me

For a while, I had thought that if you are including yourself in a sentence with another subject, you always use I. John and I are going to the movies tonight. However, I heard today that you need ...
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is "through whom" grammatically correct?

It is XY through whom we have established non-standard relations with our partners. I would like to express that thanks to a particular person we gained our goals. Do you find the form "through whom" ...
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Because me and my family or because I and my family

What is correct? Because me and my family all lived our whole life in America and we just make visits. or Because I and my family all lived our whole life in America and we just make visits.
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Which would be better, "I" or "me" in the following sentence?

I see generally people use I for addressing themselves, but some people also use me in the same sense. Which is better to use, I or me? Let I recommend you for this... or Let me recommend ...
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If it is "it wasn't me" then is it "it wasn't us"?

I've many times heard this phrase: It wasn't me Here the case of me is accusative. In that case should we say It wasn't us if the agent is plural?
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“Both you and he are very happy” or "Both you and him are very happy"?

It's a sentence on a test paper: Both you and he are very happy. The sentence itself sounds awkward. Let's cast the awkwardness aside and look into the grammar. It's understandable that as part of ...
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Special Form of "I", "Me" [duplicate]

I have two sentences: John, Jane, and I went to the party. He and I went to the party. But I think there is a rule that says a pronoun at the end of a list should be in a special form (for "...
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whomsoever vs whosoever

One hour in the week was set aside by him for the reception of whomsoever chose to visit him. One hour in the week was set aside by him for the reception of whosoever chose to visit him. What is the ...
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What case is assigned by *like*?

In this sentence "They agreed unanimously that John looked like an extremely happy man", what gives case to 'man'? Is it 'like'? I know the preposition can assign case and I think the adjacency ...
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Pronoun usage in "It ought to be him/he with whom you share your secrets, not me/I"?

It ought to be him with whom you share your secrets, not me. Should "him" be replaced by "he" and "me" be replaced by "I"?
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Pronoun use with preposition: "with *he* and his wife" or "with *him* and his wife"?

This sentence was in a newspaper article: "Eddie smiled as Will talked with he and his wife." I feel it means "Eddie smiled as Will talked (with him) and (with his wife)." So it should be "Eddie ...
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"I and John" vs. "John and myself" vs. "John and I" -- Which is the acceptable way to refer to myself and my friend?

I need to find out which one of these ways to refer to me and a friend in one sentence is correct? I and John... John and myself... John and I...
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Which version is correct and normally used, "between you and me" or "between you and I"?

I was listening to the song Superman by Eminem. I've listened it before many times but from the time I've started learning English grammar I am getting confused while reading or listening English. ...
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"The cat killed the rat that ate the corn". Is 'that' here nominative or accusative?

The cat killed the rat that ate the corn. My thought process: Main verb = kill Doer of action = cat = subject = Nominative case Object = rat = Accusative case "that" here is a relative pronoun for ...
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"Nobody but he/him was present"?

Nobody but him was present. Nobody but he was present. Which usage is correct? I'm having tough time finding out which case of noun/pronoun should I use in a sentence. I know that I/He/She are ...
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First-person pronouns in coordinate subjects - "Bob and myself are..."

I need help correcting this sentence: Bob and myself are thinking about founding an Internet company. Please tell me why it is incorrect and what the correct subject and verb would be.
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When 'like' is a conjunction, which grammatical case follows? [closed]

Whenever like serves as a conjunction, does user John Lawler's answer also answer this question? So the answer about they/them, at least, is to use whatever case the NP being compared uses. I read ...
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Who or whom? "Figure 1 depicts a surveillance system, detecting pedestrians whom are crossing dangerous regions."

In the following sentence, should I use who or whom? It is highlighted in bold. For instance, Figure 1.1 depicts an operating smart surveillance system, detecting pedestrians whom are crossing ...
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"Said by he who..." vs "said by him who..."

What the non-cooperatives were told was 'Ok it's been nice knowing you...' said by he who was/is in charge. (sentence copied from this link) I was just wondering why it's "by he who", not "by him who"...
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"than I" vs. "than me" [duplicate]

Between you and me Suhani is intelligent. Neither he nor his brother can walk faster than me. Whom did you mean to hurt by your unkind remarks except Sita and me? In these sentence book uses me (...
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'I am he' or 'I am him'?

I want to say that that person is me. But then, precisely, I want to keep the pronoun in place to add some spice and power to it! Otherwise, better choices are... That person is me/that's me, I'm that ...
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"Who/whom was this street named after?" [duplicate]

I would like to know whom a street was named after. That's how I am asking it: Whom was this street named after? Is the question correct?
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