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A friend of his told us the news.
A friend of him told us the news,

We use the double genitive (of + name + 's, his, mine etc) when we want to emphasise the person who possesses rather than the thing which he possesses. A friend of his is simply another way of saying one of his friends.

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They fell down and hurt themselves.
They fell down and hurt theirselves.

The reflexive pronouns, third person, are himself and themselves, and not hisself and theirselves.

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According to my opinion, she's right.
In my opinion, she's right.

Avoid using the phrase as I think instead of I think. Say: He's lazy and I think he'll fail, not as I think.

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It was he.
It was him.

The pronoun coming after the verb to be must be in the nominative case, and not in the objective in written composition. However, the objective case is now usually used in conversation: It's me, lt was him/her/them, etc.

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Whom do you think will be chosen?
Who do you think will be chosen?
Who do you think I saw yesterday?
Whom do you think I saw yesterday?

In the first sentence who is the subject of will be chosen, do you think is a parenthesis. In the second sentence whom is the object of I saw, do you think is a parenthesis

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