1

Should I say 'he' or 'him' in the following situation?

Even I am not going, let alone he.

Even I am not going, let alone him.

1
  • The sentence does not make much sense. Did you mean to say, "I'm not even going, let alone with him"? – Hot Licks Jul 20 '15 at 12:05
5

The idiom "X let alone Y" means to consider Y in contrast to X, making Y the object of the verb "let," which puts Y in the objective case. Thus:

I am not going, let alone him.

4
  • By the way, I think your sentence is still wrong. There's no need for a comma there, and you have to include a 'to', so 'I'm not even going to let him alone' (him before is better) – JuanRocamonde Jul 20 '15 at 9:38
  • 2
    @JuanRocamonde "Let him alone" is a different idiom from "let alone him." The former means to leave him in peace, i.e., not to bother him. The latter means as I explained in my answer. – deadrat Jul 20 '15 at 9:55
  • Sorry, I apologise. – JuanRocamonde Jul 20 '15 at 9:57
  • 1
    @JuanRocamonde No need to apologize. English idioms are tricky, and these are very close, just two words swapped. As long as you're clear. I guarantee that your English is better than my Spanish. – deadrat Jul 20 '15 at 9:59
0

Typical use of "let alone" is: The baby can't even sit up yet, let alone walk.

In your case I would say: I'm not going, nor is he.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.