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# SC: he/him, I/me

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04 Oct 2007, 01:22
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No one but him could have told them that the thief was I.

(a) him could have told them that the thief was I.
(b) he could have told them that the thief was I.
(c) he could have told them that the thief was me.
(d) him could have told them that the thief was me.
(e) he could have told them the thief was me.

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04 Oct 2007, 02:34
Do you have an explanation for this.

I am reading the Manhattan gmat guide right now. It says that use "I" when the pronounce is part of the subject, and "me" when the pronounce is part of the object.

If A is the answer, I am thoroughly confuse as which is the subject, and which is the object (or neither).

What if the phrase is:

He/him told them that the thief was I/me? (I suppose it should be "He told them that I was the thief?", but for the sake of discussion....)

I searched the forum, and found many posts regarding this question, but it seems unanimous that this is a JUNK question from barron.

This post has the OA as B http://www.gmatclub.com/forum/t38643
This post has the OA as C http://www.gmatclub.com/forum/t28585

Last edited by gmatnub on 04 Oct 2007, 03:02, edited 1 time in total.

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04 Oct 2007, 02:58
but meaning except is always followed by the objective pronoun, and the copula was takes the subjective I.

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04 Oct 2007, 06:31
No one but him could have told them that the thief was I.

(a) him could have told them that the thief was I.
(b) he could have told them that the thief was I.
(c) he could have told them that the thief was me.
(d) him could have told them that the thief was me.
(e) he could have told them the thief was me.

thief was I - wrong
C , D , E left
E - "that" is missin

Between C & D
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only he could have done this
no one but him could have done this
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D sounds best

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04 Oct 2007, 07:20
I choose C
C seems right to me since 'he' is the subject & so cannot be in object form 'him' & 'I' should be in form 'me' since it is the object.

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04 Oct 2007, 10:11
mexicanhoney wrote:
No one but him could have told them that the thief was I.

(a) him could have told them that the thief was I.
(b) he could have told them that the thief was I.
(c) he could have told them that the thief was me.
(d) him could have told them that the thief was me.
(e) he could have told them the thief was me.

he could have

the theif was I.
It is I at the door.

B.

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04 Oct 2007, 11:31
great discussion.. i think the answer is B

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

I think both needs to be the subject not the object of the sentence... wish we had an OA to confirm

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04 Oct 2007, 13:13
Ridiculous question. The ambiguity of the subject is so much in the sentence as stated that it allows for there to be several different answer, just depending on how you interpret it.

I like C. Simply but, who said what is the subject. That is 'he'. What they were told is not the subject. Me works.

C

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04 Oct 2007, 16:04
C

first one is 'he' because we're dealing with a subjective pronoun

second one is them because it's an objective pronoun

and the last one is 'me' because it's an objective pronoun

basic subjective/objective pronoun questions

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01 Jan 2016, 12:28
wats the OA

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