You Does Nothing For Me

Grammar. It’s important. At some point people started substituting “I” for “me” when introducing another pronoun. Merrrhagh! It’s like high school never happened. Here are some examples: You are driving Carl and I to the Packer’s game tomorrow. Janelle went with you and I to watch the game at Coopers. These sentences are both wrong. Very wrong. Irritatingly wrong. It’s one of those things that really gets under my skin when I hear it and it makes me sigh while a shiver winds its way up my spine. Here’s the school marm reasoning. Don’t use I if it’s the direct object of a sentence or after a preposition. So the first one is wrong because I is with Carl in receiving action. The second one is wrong because it follows “with” which is a preposition (something that connects a noun with a clause or another part of the sentence or forms a clause). Everywhere else, indirect object, subject of the sentence (You and I are going to going to get wasted watching the Packers lose without Aaron), these are where you use I. If it was as tedious as going through the parts of a sentence, I really wouldn’t care. We don’t have time in everyday speech to go “is this a direct object?”. That, and I think that school marms can be little hitlers at time when it comes to prescribing grammar – especially punctuation and speling. But this is such an easy thing to learn how to use properly. Just drop whatever else is in the sentence and think “would I naturally use me or I in this sentence?” Janelle with with I to watch the game at Coopers. You are driving I to the Packers game tomorrow. Ugh. SELF RIGHTEOUS INDIGNATION! I think this is because people started to come down hard on constructions like “you and me are going to the game”. I’ve done this, I grew up doing this. So I think people went overboard in putting “I”s everywhere to make sure this doesn’t happen. Which is a little entertaining in and of itself. Grammar is not something you surge. More to the point. Our brains hear the hitch. It doesn’t sound right. Sounding intelligent and being accepted intellectually always means having the right words to use. And the best thing I can think of to learn this rule is to write and then self edit carefully. Doing it in the middle of speaking could be interesting… And if you think Packers examples are odd, they are what I grew up with. Only they had Favre (pronounced Farve) as examples in class.


8 responses to “You Does Nothing For Me

  1. I don’t think Packers examples are weird, but that would be because I am from Wisconsin and a true blue Packers fan. 🙂

    But to the point, I agree that poor grammar can be quite irritating.

    • Oh Wisconsin. Where a math and philosophy nerd like me knows that a third stringer like Lattimore was a steal and that Micah Hyde is unbelievably good for his first year. And then of course I’m in Madison where I wade through a sea of red just to get a burger on saturday. Go Tolzien! Badgers rule (Russell Wilson too……)!

      • I like Micah Hyde as well. I also am a major Jordy Nelson fan, go #87! 😉 I am not pleased with how the last few games have gone, but I do not so idly throw my hopes for the season away. Tolzien has so much potential. I do miss Rodgers, but like they say in show business, the show must go on. And yes, GO BADGERS too! I lived in Madison for a little while, though Milwaukee is my hometown. ON WISCONSIN!

  2. I know this feeling with my own writing. It’s frustrating because my book is in the first person so I find I use ‘I’ a lot (probably too much). In the end it gets hard to understand my own grammar. Half of my work is probably wrong 😛

    • With first person it’s really easy to just reiterate I over and over again. I did it for a while too and had to edit it. And for a while I used it incorrectly in speaking. Then I dated a grammar nazi.

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