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Brett

This is a distinction of formal vs. informal style rather than one of correctness. Certainly, languages with richer case systems do prefer the nominative in this construction, but in modern French, for example, "c'est moi" is standard and "c'est je" is incorrect (though "ce suis je" was correct at one time). Language changes, and I think we should accept that, in this situation, English has moved on.

Rajan3221

I agree with Brett. One of the two examples offered above,"That must be she at the door" is extremely awkward. Almost all native English speakers would say "That must be her at the door." I think that it has become customary for people to use the nominative case for the object of most verbs including intransitive verbs. This is one more instance of prescriptive grammar outliving its usefulness!

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