Except, "I felt wiser than he was," doesn't really make much sense. I guess it technically does make sense in some rare instances, but it sounds awkward. Thinking it over though, I can see how it would make sense in the following example: "I spoke better than he did." If the second verb is omitted though, it sounds awkward. I'll have to rethink my thinking on this one...until then, I'm sticking with "him."I think the justification for "I felt wiser than he" would be that it's a shortening of "I felt wiser than he was", but that "was" is sort of implied. Sort of like "holier than thou", which leaves out the verb altogether, but is understood to be "holier than thou art".
I'm afraid this isn't correct. There is no object in this sentence, just two equated facts"I felt wiser than him" is correct. "I" is the subject in the sentence; "him" is the object. You only use "he" if it is the subject. For example, you wouldn't say, "I gave he the letter," you would say, "I gave him the letter."
I'd say he gets it absolutely bang on.certainly very common whatever the grammar rule book says.
I was definitely wrong about the object construction. Thank you for pointing this out. "I felt wiser than him," is the most prominent construction in speech although it is grammatically erroneous. I recant my argument from before.I'm afraid this isn't correct. There is no object in this sentence, just two equated facts
I felt wiser than he (is).
Perhaps you are thinking of sentences such as "I have better workers than him" (here it is an object of "have") meaning he is one of the workers I have and others are better which contrasts with "I have better workers than he (has)" - this time the contrast is between my workers and his.
So technically "he" is correct in such sentences, but "him" as a kind of pointing form is very usual, especially in speech. Personally I would say "I felt wiser than him" despite the supposedly correct answer.
You can always tell the difference if you can following the he/him (etc) with a verb as in this case. If you can add a verb such as "I felt wiser than he is" then the technically correct short form is "I felt wiser than he", although as I say "I felt wiser than him" is certainly very common whatever the grammar rule book says.