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The Superscription
from the Cross
by Simon Vouet 
      (1590 - 1649)
Pronouns as Predicate Nouns
Adapted from
The Mother Tongue, Book II
by George Kittredge and Sarah Arnold
Boston, Ginn & Company, 1903

Formal and Informal Speech

     When I get home from work, I do not open the door and say "It's I." Like most people, I say, "It's me." "It's me" is informal, colloquial language. But in formal writing, I use "It's I." We adjust our language to our audience and purpose. In formal speaking and writing, a predicate noun is equal to the subject -- in person, number, and case. Thus, in formal language, pronouns used as predicate nouns should usually be the same as those used as subjects.

1. Put parentheses ( ) around each prepositional phrase.
2. Underline every subject once and every finite verb twice, and label complements. 
3. Explain why the pronouns are not in objective case. 

1. "Who's there?" "It's I!"

2. I wish to see Mr. Smith. Are you he?

3. "Do you know John Anson?" "Yes, that's he!"

4. See that poor fellow! I shouldn't like to be he.

5. "I asked to see your sons. Are these they?"

     "Yes, these are they. Shall I tell you their names?"

6. "It's she! There she is!" cried the children eagerly.

7. Yes, it was he, -- the famous admiral.

8. I wish it hadn't been I who broke the window.

9. If that is the rich Mrs. Blank, I shouldn't like to be she.

10. "Who's there?" "It's we." "Who are you?"

11. The best grammarians in the village are we four girls.