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Posted by on Tuesday, September 25, 2007 at 1:59pm.

"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?

  • Grammar -- subject-verb agreement - , Tuesday, September 25, 2007 at 2:11pm

    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.

  • Grammar -- subject-verb agreement - , Tuesday, September 25, 2007 at 2:12pm

    Oh, I was doing it wrong, looking at the surrounding context and not the subject it was related to, wasn't I?
    Thanks.

  • Grammar -- subject-verb agreement - , Tuesday, September 25, 2007 at 2:17pm

    We're to choose the appropriate verb for the subject

    El oh el, I fail; I meant pronoun.

  • Grammar -- subject-verb agreement - , Tuesday, September 25, 2007 at 2:25pm

    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.

    I

  • Grammar -- subject-verb agreement - , Tuesday, September 25, 2007 at 2:27pm

    Thankya. :o

  • subject and object pronouns - , Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 7:18pm

    examples of subject and object pronouns

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