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Reply Sun 3 May, 2009 07:55 am
I think it was her/she he went out with.

I think it should be 'she'.

Thanks in advance.
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McTag
 
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Reply Sun 3 May, 2009 08:46 am
@tanguatlay,

This is a very knotty problem.

Technically, the verb "to be" does not take an object, and so strictly speaking we should say "it was she".

But that's not what we say, most of the time. We say "it was her." I think common usage must trump the laws of grammar on this occasion.
contrex
 
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Reply Sun 3 May, 2009 12:47 pm
@McTag,
The correct usage is widely disregarded these days.

I remember a story in one of the "William" books by Richmal Crompton, where William's mother asked who broke a window. "It was me" said William, and he was surprised because his father said " It was I ".
JTT
 
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Reply Mon 4 May, 2009 04:32 pm
@contrex,
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The correct usage is widely disregarded these days.


That's not the correct usage, Contrex. It's but one usage available to English speakers.
contrex
 
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Reply Wed 6 May, 2009 12:41 am
@JTT,
JTT wrote:
That's not the correct usage, Contrex. It's but one usage available to English speakers.


You're right. I should have placed "correct" in quotation marks.
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