I can run faster than _____. (1) him (2) he?
I am confused about the usage of the words 'we' and 'us'. I am using a Princeton Review 11 SAT tests 2011 edition, practice test 7, section 6, number 29 (just in case anyone actually had that book).
This question was a "find the incorrect word or phrase in the following section" question. For those of you who don't know, this kind of question gives you a sentence. Four different phrases or words are underlined in that sentence and labeled A, B, C, and D respectively. The objective is to find the phrase that is incorrectly used. The particular question I need help with says:
As finalists, Mark and I were both shocked by the decision; it seemed to us that the winner of the contest was far less talented than we.
A: both shocked
B: it seemed
C: far less
E: No error
So of course, everything seemed right till I got to that last word. My thinking was to use 'us' instead of 'we'. However, the answer in the back of the book says the answer is:
E. There is no error in the sentence as written. The we in (D) may sound strange, but the subject pronoun is correct here.
Can someone please explain this to me? Why am I wrong in saying that the word us should have been used instead?