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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. It should not be I.
2. I am she.
3. That is he.
4. Can it be he?
5. The winners are they.

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

1. It was not Sarah.
2. That was Eugene.
3. Yes, that is Henry and Eleanor. 
4. The girl in the uniform is Marian.
5. It must have been Leo.

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

1. Are not those boys ____________?
2. Was it ____________?
3. The author is ____________.
4. It is Peter and ____________.
5. The visitors are ____________.