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October 24, 2012 8:10 PM Subscribe
Which version of this sentence is grammatically correct and why?
A: "Try not to be as bad as J. and I in the Masters semis last year."
B: "Try not to be as bad as J. and me in the Masters semis last year."
Make up you mind now. Arguments for each inside.
posted by Cogito to Writing & Language (30 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Supporter of A claims that there is an implied "were" following the "I", and that "J. and I" are the subject of the clause, implying the use of "I".
Supporter of B claims that "J. and me" are objects (implying the use of "me"), and this becomes clear due to how the sentence sounds if "J. and" were removed.
Yes, language is flexible and evolving, but we just want to settle a prescriptivist argument.