Pronoun Disagreement? Lose the Friends

The world of English grammar is filled with rules, exceptions, and contradictions to everything. As a grammarian who taught post-high school English grammar classes, I learned a few ways to teach my students how to find the right words to use without giving a long lecture about objective and subjective pronouns. (Yawn!)

Poor me.

A friend of mine once told me that she thought it was always “one thing and I.” Always? Really? Always when the phrase is the subject (doing the action).

Don’t leave “me” out of the fun. That little pronoun likes to be the object of attention (have the action done to it).

Take away the pronoun’s friends (the extra parts of a phrase), and you’ll know if you’re using the right pronoun.

Diana Beebe's Blog, Diana Beebe, science fiction, middle grade fantasy, fantasy, Young AdultFor more details you can read my other, longer post about this subject: Someone make sure I’m not a pod person. (Yes, even grammar police get it wrong sometimes. Maybe.)

Another friend asked me to explain a few of the crazy English grammar rules with as few words as possible. “Because I said so” wasn’t a good enough answer, so I made the image. 🙂

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8 comments on… “Pronoun Disagreement? Lose the Friends”

  1. Ha – to make sure I’m using the right pronoun, I always say it in two separate sentences (in my head). It was my High School French teacher that taught me that – I had told her I thought it was always Diana and I. I wonder how so many got the wrong information? I find myself explaining it to people all the time. Fun post

    • Diana Beebe

      It’s funny (sad?) that I learned more about English and the parts of speech in my high school French classes. Thanks for stopping by!

      One more week until RWA Nationals! Squeee! See you there. 😀

  2. You’ve hit on one of my pet peeves with this. And it’s amazing how many people who should know better continue to misuse “and I.” You can hear me yelling at the television, newspaper, magazines and books when I hear/read it. I think it might stem from childhood when a kid says, “Me and Susie want to go play outside,” and Mom replies, “Susie and I.” So the person grows up hearing that and thinks “and I” is correct in all instances and doesn’t pay attention to times when “and me” should be used. I’ll restrain myself from printing out multiple copies of your graphic to hand out to people who do that. 😉

    • Diana Beebe

      Juli, I think you are right about the way people were corrected to use “and I.” LOL. That’s just one side of the coin! The poor objective pronouns never caught a break.

      Feel free to use the image as much as you want. 😀

  3. Love, love, love that tip! It’s my go-to one whenever I’m stuck on that pesky pronoun. Thanks for letting me know I’m still on track.

    • Diana Beebe

      Thanks, Kelly! I’m so glad to know I’m not the only one. 😉

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