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" though not verbally Latin, yet it is the outcome of the Latin grammatical doctrine that the verb to be takes the same case after it as before it. This is a plain instance of the invasion of idiom by grammar. "
State Normal Monthly - Page 26
by Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia - 1897
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Murby's English grammar and analysis, taught simultaneously

John Robertson (LL.D., of Upton Park sch.) - 1869
...before it, the noun or pronoun after it will be in the objective case. 159. Syntax.—Rule X.—The verb To Be takes the same case after it as before it. Ex.—Solomon was a wise king. Solomon a noun, 3rd pers., sing., masc., nom. or Bubj. to was. (Eule...
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