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Pronouns as Predicate Nouns
Adapted from
The Mother Tongue, Book II
Analysis Key

1. "Who's there?" | "It's I (PN)!" |

2. I wish to see Mr. Smith [#1]. | Are you he (PN)? |

3. "Do you know John Anson (DO)?" | "Yes, that's he (PN)!" |

4. *You* See that poor fellow (DO)! | I shouldn't like to be [#1] he (PN). |

5. "I asked to see [#1] your sons (DO). | Are these they (PN)?" |

     "Yes, these are they (PN). | Shall I tell you (IO) their names (DO)?"

6. "It's she (PN)! | [DO [#2] There she is!]" cried the children eagerly. |

7. Yes, it was he (PN), -- the famous admiral [#3]. |

8. I wish [DO it hadn't been I (PN) [ [#4] who broke the window (DO)]]. |

9. [Adv. to "shouldn't like" If that is the rich Mrs. Blank (PN)], I shouldn't

like to be [#1] she (PN). |

10. "Who's there?" | "It's we (PN)." | "Who are you (PN)?" |

11. The best grammarians {in the village} are we (PN) four girls [#5]. |

1. "Mr. Smith' is the direct object of the verbal (infinitive) "to see." The infinitive phrase functions as the direct object of "wish." (At his point in their work, I would accept "wish to see" as the verb phrase. The same hold for "shouldn't like to be he" in sentences 4 and 9, and "asked to see" in 5.
2. See KISS Level 3.2.3 - Interjection? Or Direct Object?
3. "Admiral" is an appositive to "he." See KISS Level 5.4 - Appositives.
4. This clause functions as a delayed subject -- I wish who broke the window hadn't been I. See KISS Level 5.6 - Delayed Subjects and Sentences.
5. "Girls" is an appositive to "we."