Is there a difference in grammaticality, meaning, or usage between the following two ways of phrasing the same statement?

I am sure that I am the appropriate candidate for this position.

– versus

I am sure that the appropriate candidate for this position is me.

  • Thanks @FumbleFingers . It would be nice if you add it as an answer, please. If it is fit for you. – Santosa Sandy Jun 14 '14 at 15:43
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    I can't see anything wrong with the first two sentences. The first one seems to emphasize "appropriate candidate" whilst the second one seems to stress "me". I am not a native speaker and I might be wrong, though. The third sentence is definitely wrong. There is no agreement between nominative pronoun and verb. – Centaurus Jun 14 '14 at 15:47
  • @Santosa: Please don't think I'm being rude, but I think questions like this shouldn't be "answered" on ELU (they should be asked and answered on English Language Learners) – FumbleFingers Jun 14 '14 at 15:51
  • @FumbleFingers for sure not, I don't have access to English Language Learners. Would you migrate it, please? (If you think it is necessary to migrate this question). Thanks – Santosa Sandy Jun 14 '14 at 16:10
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    Since I think this is actually quite an interesting question (and I couldn’t find a duplicate, I took the liberty of rephrasing the question and getting rid of the obviously grammatically incorrect version that included “I is”. As it is now phrased, I would say the question is definitely on-topic here on ELU. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Jun 14 '14 at 16:15

The two statements are both grammatically correct, and the difference would be a matter of style, substance, or context. For example, if one was relating about an instance where one was presenting an award, and happened to be the winner of the award he or she was presenting, one might use the latter construction: "I said, 'The best candidate for the position is [opens envelope] ... me?'". On the other hand, in a heated disputation, with someone else who is suggesting a different candidate, one can well imagine a response, "I said I am the best candidate for the position.'"

The second, using "me" has a hint of older usage about it, as it was once preferred to minimize the use of the first person singular. In some older scientific literature this even went so far as to use the third person in writing up research papers, so one usually saw "The authors found that ...", instead of the simpler "We found ...", but this has tended to become less a consideration than formerly, and the more direct first person is preferred.

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