The way that pronoun case has changed in English has led to some previously grammatical uses now sounding simply wrong: It's I, for example, now sounds nonstandard to me, even more nonstandard than between you and I--I would be more surprised to hear an educated speaker say It's I than I would to hear him say between you and I.There are two types of verbs:
Transitive verbs that require a subject and an object.
I shot him. (I = subject; shot = transitive verb; him = object.)
Intransitive verbs do not take an object.
He died. (He = subject; died = intransitive verb.)
"Is" is an intransitive verb; it takes the nominative case. (This is he.)
I agree.... Be a man like he just sounds too odd.
For the object of the preposition like, use him. Be careful with like as a conjunction before a subject and verb. If it can be replaced by as or as if without changing the meaning, many grammarians will insist that you use the alternative: "Be a man, as he is.""Be a man like HIM" or "Be a man like HE" ?
Which is correct? Thank you for your help.