Grammar -- subject-verb agreement
posted by Jack on .
"Susannah Wheatley, wife of slaveholder John wheatley, took great interest in Phillis's education, and it was (she/her) who taught Phillis how to read and write English."
We're to choose the appropriate verb for the subject (Susannah Wheatley), but I'm having a bit of trouble with this one. They both seem correct (though 'she' sounds archaic), and I'm able to reconcile both with the sentence structure ('it was her' and 'she taught'). Am I going about it incorrectly or is it as ambiguous at it seems?
It was "she" is correct. She is a nominative case pronoun and can be interchanged with the subject. She was it. You would never say "her was it." Remember "being verbs" are the same thing as equal signs... so what is on one side is equal to what is on the other.
Oh, I was doing it wrong, looking at the surrounding context and not the subject it was related to, wasn't I?
We're to choose the appropriate verb for the subject
El oh el, I fail; I meant pronoun.
LOL... the correct pronoun for the position in the sentence.
Quick lesson... subject pronouns:
I, you, he, she, it, we, they
Object pronouns: me, you, him, her, it, us, them.
examples of subject and object pronouns