- Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 01:14:44 -0600
- From: Ron Hunter <rphunter@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: Proofreading
On 2/22/2017 8:13 PM, Wolf K. wrote:
Because the 'phrase "I was" is not complete. It is rather like lists of
people, in a prepositional phrase "with John, David, and me" Most
people these days would say "with John, David, and I." Sadly, because
this is definitely the wrong pronoun case.
On 2017-02-22 20:23, Annailis wrote:
On 2017-02-21 7:43 PM, The Real Bev wrote:
On 02/21/2017 04:32 PM, Wolf K. wrote:
On 2017-02-21 16:45, Sailfish wrote:
Ugh! I really need to re-read my replies when I've decided the
parts of them :-)
s/true even given/true BUT even given/
It's well known that we are poor proofreaders of our own work.
Read backwards. A handy hint given to me by a Dutch woman, the only
person (at the time, at least) who was a better proofreader than me.
Or is it "...who was a better proofreader than I"? English grammar can
sometimes be as confusing as English spelling.
In formal English, yes, since "I" is part of the complement, and that
always "takes the nominative". In informal English, "me" is acceptable.
Historical linguists point out that "me" is also the emphatic 1st person
singular, which survives in spoken/informal English, but not in
written/formal English. Note that "case" is a fossil in English, seen
only in personal pronouns (and in pedantically correct quotation from
the Latin, etc). FWIW, "...than I" feels more natural to me than
"...than me"; make of that what you will.
I hope that's enough pedantry to ensure a deep sleep....
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