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Re: Charlie and I (Really on topic :)

From:Thomas R. Wier <artabanos@...>
Date:Wednesday, September 22, 1999, 22:25
"Raymond A. Brown" wrote:

> Indeed, to this old Britisher "This is he" sounds even weirder & more > stilted than "This is I". I've never encountered on the phone this side of > the pond.
Well, like I said, it's more of an exception than a rule -- though a considerable exception. I remember being over at a classmates dorm last year when the phone rang. He picked it up, and said "This is him", at which I was a little surprised*, because in my experience "This is he/she" is relatively common as an ossified form. Most people I know, if they use a pronoun in answering, will use the nominative as I've described. (It is of course easy to avoid the pronoun, so it's not the only acceptable possibility, by far.) *(The really surprising thing is that he also regularly uses the present subjunctive in phrases like "whether he be", etc.) ======================================================= Tom Wier <artabanos@...> ICQ#: 4315704 AIM: Deuterotom Website: <> "Cogito ergo sum, sed credo ergo ero." Denn wo Begriffe fehlen, Da stellt ein Wort zur rechten Zeit sich ein. -- Mephistopheles, in Goethe's _Faust_ ========================================================