[Ads-l] Heard: "I've had dinner...

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sat Aug 22 22:24:48 UTC 2015

with _he_ and his wife."

Somewhere or other, I kinda-maybe-perhaps glanced at a suggestion that
Nominative case may be privileged/licensed/justified/whatever the jargon is
by the distance of the pronoun from the governing verb or preposition, so
that, in this case, we expect

with *him* and his wife,

given that the pronoun occurs immediately after the preposition.


The Smuggler: A Tale - Volume 1 - Page 188
John Banim - 1831 - ‚ÄéRead
Let _he_ and you have the pit open, in the garden, about eleven, to-morrow
night" - she whispered - "So, now for it, Jane!"
All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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