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When I'm answering someone asking me about someone else, "Is that him?", can I answer like

Yes, it's him.

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Yes, he is him.

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In this case, it is him (technically it should be it is he, but that can be let slide) is correct, because the it in it is doesn't refer to an inanimate object being something - it is is a special impersonal verb construction that's simply used whenever convenient, and the it is not meant to be taken as representative of any person or object.

Examples:

It is raining outside.

It is he who knocked on the door.

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The correct way is : Yes, it's him. Traditional grammar requires that we say: It is he. - since 'he' is the subject of the sentence, but common usage today is : It's him. 'he is him' is wrong.

"It’s me. Can you open the door?" http://dictionary.cambridge.org/grammar/british-grammar/pronouns-personal-i-me-you-him-it-they-etc

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  • Hi ... many thanks ...Could you give more elaboration why its ( yes , its him ) ... Apr 23, 2016 at 12:53
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    Hi...you're welcome. Traditional grammar requires that we say: It is he. - since 'he' is the subject of the sentence, but common usage today is : It's him. 'he is him' is wrong. Apr 23, 2016 at 13:22
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The correct answer is : Yes , it's him.

Here are some explanation:

1- Used to refer to a baby:

My baby was sick yesterday?

How is it today?

2- Used with the verb 'be' to emphasize that you are talking about one particular thing, person, group etc and not any other It's Lawrence you should be talking

3- Used when we ask about unknown person. For example: when someone is knocking the door and you ask : who is there? It's John.

4- Used to say who is speaking, especially on the telephone

EG: Hello, It's Dallia

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