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Hi everybody! Few days ago my mate attended to a job competition for a job in the technical office of Rome. Among the many legal questions there were also some English questions. The one I am asking your help for is:

“Let ……. come in.”

the possible answers proposed are:

- his

- him

- he

I am sure that all of you are thinking that the only right option to chose is “him”, that’s it.

Initially it was confirmed “his” with correct answer and after few days was corrected with “him”.

The english questions/phrases put in these competitions are generally extracted form bigger pieces, books.. and my partner didn’t answer because he says that in a certain contests it can be also right “Let his come in”, for example:

Michele is waiting for the vet to visit his cat. When the vet wants to visit Michele’s cat can say to his secretary:

<< Let his come in >> instead of << Let his cat come in>>.

What do you think? Is it possible consider both the options “his” and “him” correct?
Have you read some examples in books or articles in which you have found the phrase “Let his come in” ?

It can help my partner to obtain the job because he got a score of 20.8 and he had to get 21 to obtain the job! So it is very important the help of all of you.

Thanks !!!!!!!!!

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LULLA SALVATOREhe says that in a certain contexts it can be also be right to say“Let his come in”

Yes, but that context was not given in the exam, so there was no reason to invent it. This is a case of overthinking. All they wanted was the most obvious and useful form, not something that requires a whole story about a cat to make it right.

If you're asked to choose the most beautiful woman in a beauty contest you don't pick a less beautiful one and say she would be the most beautiful if the lighting were different. Emotion: smile

CJ

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“Let him. come in.”

“Let his come in.”

If the instructions are to choose the most common wording, choose #1.

If they are to choose all possible forms,, than both are OK as you have said.


But consider this.

A native English speaker is much, much more likely to say

eg Send him in.

eg Ask him to come in.


Clive

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Yes, you are absolutely right but there was also this question

“No.” He …………………. “I din’t speak.”

In this case you had to fill “answered” in. It is a clear example of a phrase extracted from a book for example.

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LULLA SALVATORE

Yes, you are absolutely right but there was also this question

“No.” He …………………. “I din’t speak.”

In this case you had to fill “answered” in. It is a clear example of a phrase extracted from a book for example.

If they considered every answer except "answered" to be wrong, they're using a defective testing methodology.

CJ

In this case there were the following three options:


- asked

- wondered

- answered

LULLA SALVATORE

In this case there were the following three options:


- asked

- wondered

- answered

OK. In that case "answered" is the right answer. "No" is not a question, so it can't be "asked". And "No" is not a sign that someone is wondering, so it can't be "wondered".

CJ

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Yes, exactly. In this second question the only answer possible is “answered” and it is obvious that it a sentence took from a book or similar.

About the first question I was hoping to find a situation, a dialogue in a book for example, in which it is used “Let his come in” in a similar situation I suggested before.

Thanks a lot for you help!!

LULLA SALVATOREAbout the first question I was hoping to find a situation, a dialogue in a book for example, in which it is used “Let his come in” in a similar situation I suggested before.

Not possible.

Google Ngrams Viewer finds ZERO instances of "let his come in".
fraze.it finds ZERO instances of "let his come in".
COCA finds ZERO instances of "let his come in". (Corpus of Contemporary American English)

These systems collect hundreds of thousands of sentences written in the English language, and none of them can find even one example of "let his come in".

I think it's time for you to stop hoping for the impossible. Nobody would actually say or write "let his come in".

CJ

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