This is an ellipses. It is used to indicate that words are missing.
This is an ellipses . . . used to indicate that words are missing.
Elliptical clauses are commonly used clauses that omit words, but an ellipsis isn't use to convey this omission. The clauses are so common that native English speakers know what is meant, in both speech and writing.
This Be The Editor post is an example of an elliptical clause, and it's also an example of when or when not to use an objective pronoun at the end of a sentence.
The key to knowing which pronoun to use is the comparison. A comparison is indicated by "than" or "as." In this sentence, the comparison is between "several writers" and some male referred to as "him."
After a comparison, it's likely that you will be putting a subjective pronoun and imagining a verb after it.
In this sentence, the subjective pronoun is "he." Imagine hearing "is after "he": "I know several writers who are better than he (is)."
In elliptical clauses after comparisons, the answer isn't always the subjective pronoun.
Sometimes you might intend a different meaning and, therefore, the objective pronoun is used after "than." Here are two examples:
Rhonda likes Pete more than me.
Use the objective to mean "Rhonda likes me, but Rhonda likes Pete more."
Rhonda likes Pete more than I.
Use the subjective to mean "I like Pete, but Rhonda likes Pete more than I (like Pete)."
Meet the Editor
I'm Coreen, and I am a copy editor, writer, instructor, digital marketer, and student of PR and Communications for organizations doing positive work in the world.