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Pronouns as Predicate Nouns
Adapted from
Voyages in English - Fifth Year
by Rev. Paul E. Campbell 
and Sister Mary Donatus MacNickle
Portrait of a Young Girl (in Milanese Dress)
1505
by
Albrecht Durer
1471-1528

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.

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

1. Those children are they.
2. It was he.
3. The speaker was she.
4. It is I.
5. The best pupil is he.

Part 2. Write a predicate pronoun in place of each predicate noun.

1. It is Josephine.
2. Was it Gerald?
3. The captain is David.
4. These are the boys.
5. The singers are Sarah and Joseph. 

Part 3. Write the following sentences, filling in each blank with a predicate pronoun.

1. The best players were Andrew and ____________.
2. It that ____________?
3. The hunters are ____________.
4. Yes, it was ____________.
5. It was Bernard and ____________.