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# No one but him could have told them that the king

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No one but him could have told them that the king was I.

(A) him could have told them that the king was I.
(B) he could have told them that the king was me.
(C) him could have told them the king was me.
(D) he could have told them that the king was I.
(E) him could have told them that the king was I.
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12 Mar 2004, 10:34

The given statement is grammatically correct. тАЬButтАЭ is always followed by objective pronoun (him).
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12 Mar 2004, 10:36
A?

A way to rephrase the sentence:

"No one but him could have told them that Iwas the king."
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15 Mar 2004, 04:02
Rajbhai wrote:
No one but him could have told them that the king was I.

(A) him could have told them that the king was I.
(B) he could have told them that the king was me.
(C) him could have told them the king was me.
(D) he could have told them that the king was I.
(E) him could have told them that the king was I.

Again, quoting the legend aka. here.

Formally, the first pronoun should be "he" because it is the subject of the sentence. Hence, use the subjective form "he", not "him." ("No one but" is simply an adjective phrase equivalent to "only").

The second pronoun is linked to the subject of the clause "the king" via the linking verb "was" and refers back to it. This is formally known as a "predicate nomitive". Since the pronoun is directly linked to the subject of the linking verbs, it too uses the subjective form. Examples: It is I. It is she that should be the nominee, not I. It was she who surprised the teacher. Note: since the verb simply links the subject and the pronoun (or two pronouns), they can often be exchanged.

Try rewriting the sentence and you will see it more clearly:

"Only he could have told them that I was the king."

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Praetorian
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15 Mar 2004, 06:03
praetorian123 wrote:
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Again, quoting the legend aka. here.

Formally, the first pronoun should be "he" because it is the subject of the sentence. Hence, use the subjective form "he", not "him." ("No one but" is simply an adjective phrase equivalent to "only").

...........
"Only he could have told them that I was the king."

Regards
Praetorian

Praetorian

The following style guide says "No one but him" is correct usage.

http://www.bartleby.com/64/pages/page29.html

Could you please take a look at it and say what I'm missing?
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15 Mar 2004, 09:37
praetorian123 wrote:
...........
Again, quoting the legend aka. here.

Formally, the first pronoun should be "he" because it is the subject of the sentence. Hence, use the subjective form "he", not "him." ("No one but" is simply an adjective phrase equivalent to "only").

...........
"Only he could have told them that I was the king."

Regards
Praetorian

Praetorian

The following style guide says "No one but him" is correct usage.

http://www.bartleby.com/64/pages/page29.html

Could you please take a look at it and say what I'm missing?

I could clearly see two cases. maybe you skipped it. I will let you read the reference once again.
Re: SC #2   [#permalink] 15 Mar 2004, 09:37
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