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Which of the following sentences is correct?

A.) Joan eats faster than him.

B.) Joan eats faster than he.
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Think of it like this...

A) Joan eats faster than him eats.

OR

B) Joan eats faster than he eats.

Hopefully, the first sounds incredibly strange to you. That's the easiest way to decide which pronoun to use: take both and add the verb and see which one is gramatically correct. It works for him/he, her/she, me/I, etc.

Hope this helps!
AnonymousA.) Joan eats faster than him.
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He is a subject pronoun.

Him is an object pronoun.
Joan eats faster than he/him.

This is a very old thread, but this celebrated topic crops up so often that it may be useful to re-examine the grammar (I'll keep it brief!), which is actually quite problematic. Certainly the accusative "him" is heard all the time and has to acceptable in informal style; but there are arguments in favour of nominative "he".

It all boils down to whether the complement of the preposition "than" is a reduced (elliptical) clause or an immediate complement.

1. In the reduced clause analysis, the complement to "than" is a clause reduced to the single element "he", as subject, so that the structure is like that of Joan eats faster than he eats. On this account, the nominative "he" is correct.

2. In the immediate complement analysis, it's simply a noun phrase - that it functions directly, immediately, as complement of "than". If this analysis is accepted, then the accusative "him" is correct: Joan eats faster than him.

In terms of syntactic analysis, the immediate complement alternant is obviously the simpler of the two. But the real question is which analysis is correct, not which is easier for people like me to analyse. Whether the pronoun "he" is properly analysed as a reduced clause is a question to which nobody has yet managed to come up with an unequivocal answer.

I think all we can conclude (rather feebly) is that accusative "him" is fully acceptable in informal style, and the nominative "he" should probably be used in formal style.

BillJ
B.) Joan eats faster than he
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Anonymousan eats faster than he.
B.) Joan eats faster than he.
Joan eats faster than he.

If you want to use 'he', it's much more common to say Joan eats faster than he does.

Clive
The answer is B
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AnonymousThe answer is B
No it's not! Both "he" and "him" are clearly possible.

BillJ
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