Me versus I ~ A Lesson

September 16, 2012 § 6 Comments

I hate to be a snoot, I just really like proper grammar.

More specifically, I have trouble with the improper use of the pronouns me versus I.

There’s something about the nature of this one that gets my grammar panties in a bunch. It is a lazy error made much too often.

Apparently, Ms. Gillian Flynn (author of the novel Gone Girl) also has a problem with the misunderstood grammatical rule as her character (Amy) makes reference to it many times in the book. If you’ve read the book, let’s just assume it’s the only characteristic Amy and I share…not Amy and me share… Amy and I.

Here’s an example of proper usage:

Gillian and I like grammar.

Yes. Leave out Gillian, and I like grammar.

Incorrect usage:

Gillian Flynn and me believe in proper usage.

Forget that it bugs Ms. Flynn. Me believe in proper usage? Well, yes, but no. No. No. No.

It’s so easy and trust me, people will want to hug you if you get stuck mid sentence and need a chance to work it out.

Better to do it right than have grammaristas all over the world fussing with their bunched up underpants, or worse, close out your blog post without making it to the end.

XOM

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