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# No one but him could have told them that the thief was I

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

A.
B........he...................me
C........him.................me
D........he...................I
E.........him..................I
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23 Jul 2004, 07:20
The answer should be either B or D. Churchill should have used this is me. Many others also use it as I. I think this is not the GMAT type questions.

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23 Jul 2004, 08:08
Agree with Bhai that this is not the GMAT type. The answer is E (or A - both are same....there are only 4 choices for this question.). Anyways, I think the question is to especially elaborate the foll concepts.

1. Look at the second part of the sentence. Technically you can rewrite it as 'I was the thief'. You cant rewrite it as 'me was the thief'. So, 'I' is right for the second part.
2. the first part of the sentence is tricky...'but' is a preposition here and not a conjunction. Why? becuase, you can rewrite the first part as 'No one could have told them that, but him'. This makes 'him' right too.

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23 Jul 2004, 08:19
I think him is not correct. Ask the question noone but who, the answer is he. If you ask no one but whom, then him. In this case whom is not the right question to ask.
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23 Jul 2004, 12:41
I think that the answer is A . This is an example of pronoun-case error. In this sentence 'but' plays the role of a preposition. so any pronoun following a preposition must be in object case and hence the him. Also, any pronoun following 'is' or 'was' must be in subject case and hence the I.
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24 Jul 2004, 23:19
I think that it is D.

venksune wrote:
No one but him could have told them that the thief was I.

A.
B........he...................me
C........him.................me
D........he...................I
E.........him..................I

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24 Jul 2004, 23:26
venksune wrote:
No one but him could have told them that the thief was I.

A.
B........he...................me
C........him.................me
D........he...................I
E.........him..................I

A and E are the same???
anyways ...
remember that after BUT, EXCEPT you always use the objective pronoun
and after verb "to be" you always use the subjective

hence .... him .... I is correct
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31 May 2016, 23:39
Can someone please clarify the original ans?

Confused between A and D. D sounds right but OA is A.

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aniketm.87@gmail.com wrote:
Can someone please clarify the original ans?

Confused between A and D. D sounds right but OA is A.

http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/cases.htm

"Garner* argues that when the pronoun precedes the but phrase, the objective case should be used ("None of the students were interested but him"); when the but phrase precedes the verb, the subject case is appropriate ("None of the students but he were interested"). The argument goes that in the former case but is behaving as a preposition, in the second as a conjunction."
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