Sunday, February 15, 2009

English Lesson

I have recently (okay, it's been quite a while, like years) been annoyed when I hear a very common misuse of the English language. I think the only way I can illustrate it is to just give examples. I am by no means an expert in this area, but I do know what is correct and wish to share it with everyone.

Correct: Greg and I love our kids.

WRONG: The kids love Greg and I.
(correct: The kids love Greg and me.)

This is an example of the gross mistreatment of the Subject word I. Please do not put him at the end of a sentence. It is WRONG! I is a subject word, and when you end a sentence with a compound predicate (more than one person) you DO NOT EVER use the word I. The correct way to end it is is with the word me.

Example, if you were to make the predicate singular, you would not say, "The kids love I." would you? That sounds stupid, because it is wrong. You would say "The kids love me." Nothing changes when you add another person to it.

An easy way to remember this rule is to take that other person out of the sentence. Try saying it like this: "The kids love [Greg and] I." or "The kids love [Greg and] me." I promise it works every time.

So now that you all know that this bugs the heck out of me, please refrain from doing it my presence. If you or someone you know is suffering from this gross misuse, please direct them to this blog. Thank you.


Matt and Kat Green said...

Well, all I have to say is: Gavin loves Katherine and I. LOL. Couldn't help but aggravate. See you guys at Caleb's bday party. MG

SisterOne said...

YAY for correct grammar! This bugs me too... One thing I never figured out though is when to use "who" and "whom"...

Lexi said...

MATT!!!! gah!!