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“Who wants ice-cream?” — Should I say “(not) I” or “(not) me”?

With the enthusiastic question of "Who wants ice-cream?", what is the more correct response? (Not) I. (Not) me. Neither response is a sentence. The first response of "(not) I" sounds ...
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“I didn't realize it was him.” [duplicate]

Overheard on an elevator today, I didn't realize it was him. Corrected by the know-it-all, He. "I didn't realize it was he." The know-it-all then went on a rant about how everybody is a dolt ...
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“That was me” vs. “That was I” [duplicate]

When telling a story about myself from the past, I have found myself in an internal debate over whether the correct way to segue into the present is: That was me twelve years ago. Or: That was ...
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It is us? It is we? [duplicate]

Which would it be--it is us, or it is we? "Who is the real culprit? It is us, the ignorant, apathetic people of America." Or, "Who is the real culprit? It is we, the ignorant, apathetic people of ...
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Yes, this is she. Who's calling? [duplicate]

I've read in a book that I should "use the subjective case if the pronoun is the complement of the linking verb to be". That is the following sentences are correct: They believed that the thief was ...
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“I am him” vs “I am he” [duplicate]

A: "Cablegram for Mr.Smith" B: "I am him." B: "I mean, I am he." Why the correction? What difference does it make? Similarly: "I am not her" / "I am not she"?
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“He is I” vs “He is me” [duplicate]

A while ago I heard a preacher say during a speech the following personal anecdote: When I arrived at the Atlanta airport, I saw a man with my name written on a card approach me and say 'are you ...
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That would be I [duplicate]

When I arrived for a scheduled meeting, I was asked if I was Mr. Smith. I replied, "That would be I." It sorta sounds OK, if not awkward, just more formal. Would "that is me" or "that is I" both be ...
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Why isn't the nominative case generally used with “to be”? [duplicate]

In German, constructions with sein, which is uninflected infinitive meaning "to me", seem to generally use the nominative case. For instance, this is a dog translates to das ist ein Hund, and ein here ...
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Use of object pronouns after the verb “to be” and in the presence of a conjunction. [duplicate]

The other day my friend and I were playing darts with several other players. We selected teams. When I learned that my partner would be Jordan, I enthusiastically announced, "Hey Jordan, it's you ...
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“It is they who lied” or “it is them who lied?”

Which is the correct usage of the third person, plural pronoun? It is they who lied. It is them who lied.
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“It has to be them”

Bit of context: In a documentary a guy finds two bears he raised the year before; at the beginning he doesn't recognize them but eventually he shouts, "It has to be them!" To my Spanish ears the ...
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1answer
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It is I who am at fault? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “It is they who lied” or “it is them who lied?” What rules make “Remember me, who am your friend” grammatical? Which one of these is correct? It is I who am at fault. ...
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1answer
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“It is he” versus “it is him” [duplicate]

Which of these sentences is correct? It is he I relate to most of all. Or, It is him I relate to most of all. I believe that in neither of the two sentences do the words "him" or "he" act as a ...
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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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