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Guest:Is "It won't be he who gets fired" or "It won't be him who gets fired" correct?
And can you give your reasons for why the correct one is correct please?
It was him, to whom the pinkslip was addressed, then it was him- but
It was he who laughed last, and laughed best,
because he hated his boss
ED: If you remove the and the then you have
"he gets fired"- other words: removing added information often clarifies
the subject and verb form in a sentence
Someone is about to be fired (by somebody) but the person who is fired (by somebody) won't be Guest.
In a passive structure our interest is in the person or thing that experiences the action, rather than in what or who performs the action. So in your sentence, we are interested in the man, not the person who is doing the firing. Effectively, the object (the man) becomes the subject of the sentence.
In the active voice, the sentence would be "Somebody fired him": because it is passive, and the person who was fired becomes the subject of the sentence, we say "He was fired"
In English we have only three cases: nominative, objective, and genitive (possessive). All subjects and subject complements are in the nominative case and all objects are in the objective case. (The genetive case doesn't enter into this discussion.) We say, for example, "I go to the store" rather than "Me go to the store" because "I" is the subject of the sentence and is, consequently in the nominative case. We say, "He hit me" rather than "He hit I" because "me" is the direct object of the sentence and is in the objective case.
Nominative Case pronouns: I, he, she, we, they, who (whoever)
Objective Case pronouns: me, him, her, us, them, whom (whomever)
So, if, for example, I wonder whether to write "This is just between John and I" or "This is just between John and me," all I have to do is determine how the pronoun is used. (In this case, it is used as an object of the preposition "between," so "me" is correct.
The sentence "It won't be he who is fired" is correct because the pronoun "he" happens to be a subject complement and is, therefore, in the subjective case.
All subjects and subject complements are in the nominative case ...
JTT: This is simply not true of the English that is used today.
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