Misusing “I” as an Object

Categories:Grammar

One of my biggest pet peeves: the misuse of “I” as an object. How often have you heard someone say something like “Mom cooked dinner for Harry and I”? This form of sentence structure may be currently trendy, but it remains incorrect.

How to tell whether to use “I” or “me”? Just take the middle man out! Would you ever say, “Mom cooked dinner for I”? So, treat the whole sentence as though there isn’t a middle man at all: “Mom cooked dinner for Harry and me”. On the other hand, if you can say, “Mom is taller than I (am)”, then you can safely also say, “Mom is taller than Harry and I”. There you go!

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