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Keep This Between You and I?

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Dec 18, 2013 5:30:00 AM

You hear it all the time. Someone says, "Between you and I, this job is for the birds." Or, "They invited Mortimer and I to go out with them next week." Or even, "The general briefed the vice president and I on board Air Force 1." Help!

A compound construction is one in which two or more words share the same role in a sentence. When a pronoun is the final element in these constructions, there's a tendency to use the wrong form, particularly when the choice is between I and me. A good way to tell which form is correct in these situations is to see how the sentence would sound if that pronoun were by itself, or if it were the first word in the construction.

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Topics: using I or me, I or me

A, Eek, I, Oh, and You

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Jan 3, 2012 5:30:00 AM

Happy New Year!

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Topics: you or yourself, O or oh, I or me

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