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,
*(The really surprising thing is that he also regularly uses the
present subjunctive in phrases like "whether he be", etc.)
Tom Wier <artabanos@...>
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