Yesterday I wrote about containerizing Pop Tarts, and today I'm writing about proper grammar. I'm not sure when I became the scary, nerdy librarian of the blogosphere, but evidently I have passed the point of no return.
Y'all know how I love good grammar, and there's a simple tip to avoid a common grammar pratfall (I have to use this one all the time).
When you're writing or speaking about yourself and another person, it's easy to mix up the personal pronouns. For example, "Janie and I" or "Janie and me". Which one do you use?
Just take out the "Janie and", leaving you with only the personal pronoun. The one that sounds the most natural is almost always the right one. Here's an example:
Janie and me found a great bargain yesterday.
Take out "Janie and". You're left with "me found a great bargain yesterday." Unless you are a caveman (with impressive shopping skills), you know that sounds awkward. So it should read
Janie and I found a great bargain yesterday.
Let's move it to the end of the sentence:
That fabulous sale was meant for Janie and I.
Again, take out "Janie and." Would you say "That fabulous sale was meant for I"? Of course not. So the sentence should read
That fabulous sale was meant for Janie and me.
It's a quick little short-cut that works for me, all the time. And it probably already works for many of you as well (really, I do not mean to insult the intelligence of my fellow grammar lovers--I know there are many of you, and I adore you to the very core of my conjunctive participle).
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