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Autor:  Dale/RS
E-mail:  dale.thomas@hy.com.br
Data:  05/ABR/2006 11:12 AM
Assunto:  To Dale: It's I

Nayra, I'm "sticking with my guns" (not changing my opinion). 


In a book by Dr. Rebecca Elliott, she writes "Even the experts don't agree on this one.  According to the strictest rules, it's me is wrong.  (Turn the sentences around.  You would never say "me am it" or "her is it."  You would say "I am it" and "she is it.")  However, it's me is is so commonly used that it is gaining acceptance as an idiom.  In informal speech or writing, it's okay but in formal writing or public speaking, use it's I."


Grammar is an art, not a science.  I've witnessed a number of differences of opinion among university professors over this grammar point and that.  Although I just quoted Dr. Elliott, it doesn't mean that somewhere we can't find the author of another grammar book who will convince you that "it's me" is just fine.  I happen to agree with Dr. Elliott.  It's heard all the time, but I would avoid it in formal situations.


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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
Eu também  –  Syon  05/ABR/2006, 10:07 AM
Eu também  –  Dale/RS  05/ABR/2006, 10:25 AM
To Dale: Me too / It's me  –  Nayra  05/ABR/2006, 10:29 AM
 To Dale: It's I  –  Dale/RS  05/ABR/2006, 11:12 AM
To Dale: It's me  –  Tiago T.  05/ABR/2006, 11:43 AM
Technicalities  –  Lou  05/ABR/2006, 12:13 PM
second thoughts  –  Tiago T.  05/ABR/2006, 9:33 PM
Eu também  –  Johannes  05/ABR/2006, 12:26 PM

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