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Can I say that this sentence is correct, (grammar wise)?

Saying that "We will hold he and Iran accountable for any attack on Iran seems wrong, but it makes sense. Can I say that it is grammatical?

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  • Proofreading questions are off-topic unless a specific source of concern in the text is clearly identified. – Hot Licks Mar 22 '18 at 13:07
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Is he and Iran correct? That is my concern?

No, it should be him and Iran, then you indicate you will hold both him and Iran accountable. Some clarification on personal pronouns when acting as subject and objects can be found here. To answer the question in the comment, yes him is used as an object, whereas he is used as a subject.

Should accountable for be accountable of?

No, to hold someone accountable for something is correct.

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    The general rule for any sentence with "him and I" or "her and me" or anything like that is that you should be able to remove one of the subjects and still have the other be correct. The phrase "hold he accountable" isn't correct, but "hold him accountable" is. – Nuclear Wang Mar 22 '18 at 13:17
  • I can say that I now understand this concept for the first time in my life. Thank u – mathlearner Mar 22 '18 at 13:20
  • @mathlearner I've added a link in my answer (to an article by Cambridge Dictionary) where they explain it quite clearly with examples. – JJJ Mar 22 '18 at 13:22
  • I will give it a look now – mathlearner Mar 22 '18 at 13:22
  • Heavenly great .. Can I ask more questions about grammar here? – mathlearner Mar 22 '18 at 13:24

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