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Hi!

I'd like to know which one would be the proper grammar:

1. Don't get up up! It's only I!

or

2. Don't get up! It's only me!

One of my English books tells me to use "It's only I", which would make

sense to me but I've never heard people saying it like that.

They all seem to use: it's just me or it's only me.

I'm confused about that.

Thank you!
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BieneOne of my English books tells me to use "It's only I", which would make
sense to me but I've never heard people saying it like that.
They all seem to use: it's just me or it's only me.
I'm confused about that.
Even I have read in one of the grammar books that 'it's I ' is correct. People use 'it's me' in colloquial language, but I don't think it's correct.
For a long time, people insisted English should follow rules you find in Latin. They insisted that "It is I!" is correct.

Absolutely NO ONE I have ever heard in my 44 years of life has ever said "It is I" except in books set more than 100 years ago.

If the sentence continues - It is I who first said that... you have another situation, but if you knock on the door and someone asks "Who is it?" and you answer "It is only I!" you will be thought most strange.
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Grammar GeekIf the sentence continues - It is I who first said that... you have another situation, but if you knock on the door and someone asks "Who is it?" and you answer "It is only I!" you will be thought most strange.
This is the same example that's given in Oxford Language Reference. And I don't think it's a 100 year old edition Emotion: shake
It is mentioned that 'It's I' should be used, even though people prefer saying 'it's me'.
"It's only I" is correct but "it's only me" is so widespread among native speakers that people generally think this is acceptable usage. And I don't object to that (on the contrary).

This becomes evident in the following example

The players were Rob, Mark and I. (...Rob, Mark and me)

Now reverse the sentence

Rob, Mark and I were the players.

Leave out Rob and Mark and adjust the verb and noun to reflect a change in number

I was the player. (reversed this becomes "The player was I")

I'm sure nobody will ever say

Me was the player.

"It's only me" follows exactly the same pattern and yet is perfectly acceptable.

How? We all know that English isn't the most logical language out there.
Grammar Geekin my 44 years of life

Ah, so now we all know!

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