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Which one is correct to say: “It's me” or “It's I”?

I was taught at school that the following expression is not grammatically correct: Who is there? It's me. The correct one is: Who is there? It's I. Can you let me know which one is accurate? Here ...
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Is “I am who(m) God made me” grammatical?

SAH asked an interesting question about case, I am [who/whom] G-d made me, but one issue that came up in the comments repeatedly is that many people said that they find the example sentence ...
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He must decide who/whom to be. Which is correct?

Which of the following two sentences is correct? He must decide who to be. He must decide whom to be. I can think of arguments for both sides, but I'm not sure. To elaborate, is who(m) the object of ...
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“Who(m) will it be?” vs. “Will it be he/him?”

The accepted (and highly upvoted) answer to the question in the question What’s the rule for using “who” and “whom” correctly? states that the easiest way to find out whether to use who or whom is to ...
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Who/Whom do you want to be? [duplicate]

Which is correct,"who/whom do you want to be?" In one book I found that "to be" follows who and not whom, but the sentence should have an objective pronoun whom if we go by the normal rules, as it is ...
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The use of “whoever” or “whomever” in complex sentence

Should the following say whoever or whomever. And why? Each of us is free to pretend to be whoever/whomever we wish to be. This sentence needs an object, right?
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“It is fun to be him/he.” Which is correct?

Would you use him or he in the following sentence? It is fun to be him/he. A teacher told me that you use the object form after the infinitive of to be. Is this true? I am a native English ...
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When did the terms prescriptivism/prescriptivist enter the English language?

Though the issue of linguistic prescription is a few centuries old, the terms: prescriptivism (language) the belief that there are correct and wrong ways to use language and that books about ...
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Whoever vs whomever in “you could become whomever and whatever you wanted to be” [duplicate]

I think I noticed a mistake in Ready Player One: In the OASIS, you could become whomever and whatever you wanted to be, without ever revealing your true identity, because your anonymity was ...
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Can't decide between She/her

I have 3 questions regarding she/her and my logic is posted below: Only one of the contestants was chosen, she/her. I think the answer is "she" and here's my logic: This sentence is written in the ...
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In search of a Grammar text, of any vintage, that covers such as the below

I've searched websites, written to Mr. Barth and William Safire, scanned bookstore shelves, and buttonholed likely prospects in search of a grammar text that would address matters in the manner of the ...
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“Are you she?”… is it proper English? [duplicate]

While receiving a phone call, the man on the other end of the call was looking for another woman. When finished asking for her, he said: "Are you she?" I've always heard "Are you her" and this was a ...