As a refresher, I will first explain to you what a pronoun is (just in case you forgot). They are words that represent nouns (a person, place, or thing). A pronoun must always match its antecedent (the noun it represents). If I look at a picture of the Lady Mary of Downton Abbey and say, “She lives at Downton Abbey,” then “she” would be the pronoun. The pronoun “she” matches the antecedent (“Mary”). Get it?
My concern is that pronouns can become pretentious. When you get a situation called a predicate complement (which is just a pronoun that follows a predicate), the pronouns can start to sound very strange and even pretentious.
(Note: A predicate is a “to be” verb. The verb or action in a “to be” verb is simply the state of being. Words like am, are, and is are “to be” verbs/predicates.)
Here is a Sample Conversation of a Snooty Predicate Complement:
(Knocking on door resounds through the Abbey)
Mary: Who is it? (calls from the staircase)
Leilani: It is I! (calls from the porch)
This conversation is grammatically correct. The second line calls for a predicate complement (“is” being the predicate and “I” being the correct complement). But who came up with these snobby rules? I refuse to walk around saying, “It is I!” If I knock on Mary’s door and she asks, “Who is it?” I will answer back with, “It’s me!” It is grammatically incorrect for me to do so, but it sounds less pretentious than “It is I.” We don’t live in the world of Shakespeare, so why should we talk like characters from Romeo and Juliet?
Why is “It’s Me” Incorrect
“Me” is an objective pronoun. It is the object of a verb (aka receiver of action). It is not a predicate complement. Allow me to demonstrate:
An Objective Pronoun Conversation:
Mary: Hello Leilani.
Leilani: Hello Mary. You gave me a response so quickly!
In this case, I can say “me” because I am at the receiving end of a verb. Mary (subject) gave (verb) me (object) a response. So words like “me”, “her”, and “him” are all objective. We cannot say “it’s her/him/me” and still be grammatically correct. We are supposed to say, “It is she/he/I.”
Though as I already said…
Who really wants to talk like that?