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Autor:  Tiago T.
E-mail:  não-disponível
Data:  05/ABR/2006 11:43 AM
Assunto:  To Dale: It's me
 
Mensagem:  I'm not going to discuss which form is the most correct, but analyzing grammar in a simple level, I found the following:

The easiest way to write an English sentence is following the patter subject + verb + object. Therefore, one could think about that in two ways:

First way:
- "It" can be used as a subject, and is in fact frequently as such when a more precise subject cannot be found.
- "Is" is for sure a verb, which perfectly agrees with the subject "it".
- "Me" in an object pronoun, which can be used as nothing but an object.
- Therefore: "It is me." looks perfectly possible.

Second way:
- "I" can be used as a subject, since it is a subject pronoun.
- "Am" is a verb, of course, which agrees with "I".
- "It", besides being a subject pronoun, is an object pronoun.
- Therefore: "I am it." looks fine.

However, if you invert the order of the "second way", you get "It am I.", which is pretty odd, but makes sense if you think of "it" as the object and of "I" as the subject. Why would anyone do that?

If you rewrite the inversion, you get "It is I.", which is not correct as it is, since "it" would be the subject (because that's what the verb agrees with) and "I" would be the object, which can never happen.

Am I missing anything?


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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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