Between You and I

I am not the grammar police. Lord knows, I don’t know a hyphen from an em dash. And, sometimes things are just typos that everbody makes.

But, sometimes things are so wrong that they are accepted as correct. And, it really kind of pisses I off.

Lets’ start here:
“Between you and I”

This is wrong. It should be: “Between you and me.”

You see, the “I” is the object of the preposition and should be “me”…… I won’t go on. You’re fifth grade teacher failed you.

This sort of thing is rampant, even in TV and movies where many of the writers (not “writer’s,” don’t get me started) majored in, I don’t know: English!

And, me cringe when I here it. (You see what I did there, yes?)

Quick test: Drop the “other thing” in the sentence and see if that sounds funky:
– “He gave it to you and I,” becomes “He gave it to I.” No. “Me.”
– “It was a gift for you and I,” becomes “It was a gift for I.” No. “Me.”
– “I thought I was sounding sophisticated when I said ‘between you and I,’ but now I realize I just sounded dumb.” Yes, you did.
– “It was a life and death situation, between he and I, and me chose he.” God. Where to start..?

Extra credit to whoever finds the most grammer error’s hear. (Sharpen up your pencil’s.)

5 thoughts on “Between You and I

  1. Oh you have touched a nerve here – this stuff makes me crazy! I have a good friend who always uses “then” when she means “than.” How can you correct a person like that? At lease she’s consistent.

    My husband laughs at me at Christmas time. Whenever I hear “I wonder as I wander out under the sky, how Jesus the Savior did come for to die For poor on’ry people like you and like I; I wonder as I wander out under the sky,” I change “sky” to “sea” and “I” to “me.” It doesn’t make sense, but it makes me happy :)

    • Thanks, Dana the Bug. Then = Time. Than = Comparison.

      I’m a student of English, but never studied it.

      “Again” does not rhyme with “Gain.” Unless you’re from England.

      Is it Christmas time or Christmastime?

      Sorry to touch a nerve. But, that’s why you pay me.

      Wait… No?

      • Thank you Mary for clicking my lame-ass link. I think you are referring to a commenter from 3 or 4 years ago. But, I ask, who would rhyme “sea” with “die?” Unless you’re a hipster singer-songwriter guitarists.

        • Or pronounce “die” the Scottish way, “dee”. Then it rhymes. Just be sure to pronounce the entire song with a Scottish accent so it makes sense.

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