All good things come to he who waits—hold on, is it he who waits or him who waits? He sounds wrong, doesn’t it? Yet it could be the subject, in which case it’s right. But it may be one of the cases where people overcorrect, like when they say “give it to Jim or I,” trying to sound smart, but they’re actually making it worse. Even Obama messes that up—really, check out this article about him. Let’s Google it. Use quotes around the phrase. See, there are more hits for “he” than “him”—except this site says “him” is correct. So, it’s like, do you say the correct thing even though it sounds wrong, or vice versa? It’s like pronouncing a foreign word commonly employed in English in the native accent, such as angst, as ah-ngst, instead of ay-ngst. All right, let’s just forget it and do a different proverb.
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