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Suppose you are male and you got a phone call. And you picked up the phone and were asked if you were there. I think then you would say "Yes, this is he."

If I said "Yes, this is him" instead, would it be also OK? Would it make the same sense? If not, why not?

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Personally, I wouldn't use both:'this is he' & 'this is him';and my preferences are following:

1) Yes, you are talking to Taka

(2) Yes, it is me, Taka

(3) Yes, I am Taka.
Hi Taka,

If you are asking about common usage, I'd say that most people never use your words. We say things like

This is Tom. stress on this

That's me. stress on me

I'm Tom. stress on I'm

Is that the kind of answer you are looking for?

Clive
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What!? You don't say "This is she", "This is he"? Are you sure, Clive??

I heard them quite often when I was in the States...
This is he, and this is him, mean virtually the same thing, and both are said. I sense, perhaps, a slight difference: considering oneself as a subject of attention versus an object of attention.
Hi,

I didn't say it wasn't said, I gave my opinion about common usage.

I rarely hear anyone say that. If they do, it sounds to me a bit pedantic (Sorry, MrP), a bit forced, a bit self-conscious. Perhaps it's a 'regional' thing?

Clive
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Davkett I sense, perhaps, a slight difference: considering oneself as a subject of attention versus an object of attention.

Interesting, davkett.

Now, Clive.

Yesterday, I heard these words:

The meaning of my life is she.


To you, does it sound 'pedantic'? Should it be 'The meaning of my life is her' so it sounds more like 'common usage'?


Davkett I sense, perhaps, a slight difference: considering oneself as a subject of attention versus an object of attention.

Interesting, davkett.

Now, Clive.

Yesterday, I heard these words:

The meaning of my life is she.


To you, does it sound 'pedantic'? Do you think it should be 'The meaning of my life is her' instead so it sounds more natural?

Another possible answer would be "himself!" or "herself!".
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