Davyne DeSye: Grammar Tips
Which of the following is the correct phraseology?
-- "I wish I were she."
-- "I wish I were her."
(Note: "Were" is used because you are not this other person and therefore are engaged in wishful thinking. For more information, see the previous "Was versus Were" tip.)
Answer: "I wish I were she."
Similarly, you should write, "This is he," rather than "This is him," and "It is I," rather than "It is me."
This phraseology may seem awkward, but only because the average person would not speak this way. Keep two things in mind: First, the spoken language often differs from the written (this tip is for written language). Second, remember that the average person is familiar with the store named "Toys R Us" (instead of the proper "Toys R We"), and do the (grammatical) math.
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