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Obviously, my questions refers to the pronoun him. Am I wrong to suppose that the use of the subject case pronoun he instead of him would not improve the previous statement? What about this one: “… if you know the man or are the man, call …”? Can you come up with a natural sounding wording?

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    You cannot be he. You can only be him.
    – RegDwigнt
    Commented May 18, 2015 at 11:27
  • See also english.stackexchange.com/questions/4032/…
    – anemone
    Commented May 18, 2015 at 11:34
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    If you know or are this man...
    – mplungjan
    Commented May 18, 2015 at 11:51
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    if you know the identity of this person should cover it.
    – TimR
    Commented May 18, 2015 at 12:10
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    What's wrong with it the way it is??
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Feb 13, 2016 at 13:53

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Yes, it is correct.

“… if you know the man or are him, call …”

can be separated out into two separate phrases:

“… if you know the man, call …”

“… if you are him, call …”?

both of which are grammatically valid.

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Alternatively you could say "If you or someone you know is the man..."

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    People don't like that because the verb cannot agree with both subjects ("If you ... is the man").
    – Hellion
    Commented May 18, 2015 at 14:37
  • True, but isn't it more concise then using both 'man' and 'him'?. I ran a search and it seems to be commonly used.
    – Sherif
    Commented May 18, 2015 at 16:06
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Consider using an alternate sentence,

If you are the man, or [you] know him, please call ...

which is grammatically (and importantly, also naturally) correct.

Otherwise,

If you know the man, or you are him, please call ...

is only a three-letter word more, but also sounds natural and allows the order of concepts in the original phrasing to be kept.

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