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    dillseed Active Member

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    Grammar ‘It may be he' vs. 'It may be him'

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by dillseed, May 11, 2014.

    Joe: Who wrecked the house?
    Paul: It may be he. [Meaning, it may be 'he who did it'].

    I say "he" is technically grammatically correct above. But informally and colloquially, "It was him" would work too.

    The same would apply to "It may be she." But colloquially it would be "It may be her."

    Do you concur on all points?
     
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    Jack Asher Wildly experimental Contributor

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    Catrin Lewis Contributing Member Contributor

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    "He did. Maybe."

    "Maybe he did."

    "He's probably the one who did it."

    Etc., etc.

    :crazy:
     
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    yes
     
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    mammamaia nit-picker-in-chief Contributor

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    yes... but catrin's suggested alternatives are better grammatically... and read better...

    to make sense, your first sentence would have to be:

    'it may have been him/he'
     

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