To be he or To be him – Which is Correct?

Are you confused about which pronoun ‘he’ or ‘him’ to use after the infinitive ‘to be’? We will explain the topic in this article.

To be he or To be him – Which one is correct?

List of Homophones | Homophones Exa...
List of Homophones | Homophones Examples

If ‘to be’ is used as an infinitive (to+verb first form) and its subject is not obvious then the pronoun of the nominative case is used after the infinitive ‘to be’. So ‘to be he’ is correct whereas ‘to be him’ is incorrect. As we know that ‘he’ is a nominative case and ‘him’ is an objective case.

For example

  • I would not want to be he. (Correct)
  • I would not want to be him. (Incorrect)

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