Translation:The first one to change versions is him.
"is he" is the correct English translation; "is him" is wrong grammatically in English.
I just changed it around to say "He is the first one to change versions" and it was marked correct.
Yes, the correct grammar is "he" after the verb to be, and people do say it correctly!
I agree with you about the grammar. "He" IS correct, but most people wouldn't use it, and would say "Him" :(
The nominative always follows conjugated forms of the verb "to be", but colloquially this rule rarely is used in English. Still, duolingo needs to correct their error.
he was the first one to change versions would be the correct english I think but is that what this sentence is trying to say?
Casagialla, I understood the sentence to refer to what might happen in a police station where two possible criminals were being interviewed. Our man was the first to crack!
I have to side with Duo on this one. In colloquial English the objective case is now almost universally used after "is": "It's me/him/her/us/them." That form is now used even in formal writing. Remember "We have seen the enemy, and it is US." The nominative sounds a bit "stuffy."
If it bothers you, change the word order (The Italian is for emphasis) to "He is the first one to change versions." (Think of Windows; makes sense.)
To accept "is him" is one thing, to reject the (certainly not less correct) "is he" another.
Thanks -- I realize the objective is often used in casual speech, but didn't realize it had been adopted in formal writing, too! Because I always do change the word order to check that I have the right pronoun, I selected the subjective rather than objective. Are you suggesting that if I had changed the word order in my translation Duo would have accepted it?
I replied this sentence tens of time it's incomprehensible for me who else
This is incorrect English. "He" is the subject of the sentence. "Him" would never follow the verb.
Should translate as "He is the first to change versions." "him" is in the incorrect case for a subject pronoun.