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which is proper: "This is she" or "This is her" ?

Thanks! BC
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Guest"This is she" or "This is her" ?
Both are used. Both are fine. In your English class, especially if you have a teacher from an older generation of English teachers, you may be told to use "This is she".

CJ
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Hey BC, that's a horrible one!!

"This is she" is the proper way of saying it in most contexts (i think!, seem to remember!)

It's rarely used though, it's more common to say "This is her" or something similar but I knoooow it's wrong:

Here's one that sounds correct in English:

"Which one is Jane?"
"This is her"

But it would sound terrible like this..

"How will I notice her when I see her?"
"Here's a picture, this is her" -> you would say -> "Here's a picture, she's this one"

Just say "This is Jane.."
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Yes yes, "This is she" is correct. People always whine, though, that doing this is stuffy and pretentious. This is why I have taken to referring to myself and others in the third person (e.g. "It is Lenny who is walking towards us" instead of "It is he who is walking towards us.). Then I just end up sounding weird instead of pretentious. And I can deal with weird.
"This" is the subject. "She" is used as a subject and "her" is used as a direct object. Therefore, the proper answer when starting with "This is" would be "This is her," because "her" functions as the direct object.
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AnonymousTherefore, the proper answer when starting with "This is" would be "This is her," because "her" functions as the direct object.
No. Not a direct object. A linking verb like "is" doesn't take an object. Emotion: sad

CJ
I think this thread (link below) is entertaining.

I liked "The person the cat pounces on will be I". Emotion: smile

"I" or "Me" After "Be"

CJ
Anonymous"This" is the subject. "She" is used as a subject and "her" is used as a direct object. Therefore, the proper answer when starting with "This is" would be "This is her," because "her" functions as the direct object.
Wait! If you answer a phone call and someone is asking for Anon, "'This is she" is the right response.. If you are looking through a phone album and you are pointing to the person in the picture, then you can say:
"this is her celebrating her 21st birthday at Disneyland"
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This is "SHE" is the correct way. Just think of it like this...if someone is telling you the name of a person...how would they word it to you...for example:

SHE is Mary or HER is Mary?

The correct one, of course, is "SHE is Mary". so, Instead of saying "This is Mary" you would say.."This is SHE..."

Hope this helps!
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