pronoun[third person singular]
- 1used as the object of a verb or preposition to refer to a male person or animal previously mentioned or easily identified:his wife survived him he took the children with himCompare with he.
Old English, dative singular form of he, hē 'he' and hit 'it'
Why do people tell us that it is wrong to say I could never be as good as him (rather than I could never be as good as he)? If they are right, why does he in this context sound so odd? For a discussion of this issue, see personal pronoun (usage).