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July 27, 2010

Between You And Me - Or Is It Between You And I

Personal pronouns can get very confusing. "Between You And Me or I" is a very common problem area. So which is it? Well......

...the question, as always, is "What is it we are trying to say?" or "How do I best say what I want to say?"

In the nearly eternal question regarding "Between you and me" the most important point is "What is the subject of this sentence?"

"Between You And Me" is a prepositional phrase. That tells you that the pronoun has to be a object pronoun - not a subject pronoun. In other words, it will always be "Between you and me" because the subject of that sentences is not there. (There is also not a verb in that phrase).

As long as you remember the principal that the subject and verb of a sentence is NEVER in a prepositional phrase, you should not find it confusing.

If you find this distinction confusing, take a look at this Youtube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivxkN8q-OXU.

For a more basic view of English personal pronouns, look here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWnc1HSCvRY&feature=related

And for a fun pronoun song, take a look here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zApm7GfRtNw&feature=channel.

There is a wealth of information online. I encourage you to go to the websites of major universities and poke around. I am sure there are lots of resources for any learner.

On an unrelated note, I always urge my students to step out and pursue their passions. I have just recently had the opportunity to pursue one of my longtime passions. I'll be hosting an online radio program. You can hear my voice - and some of my stories about music - at tacoma.fm http://www.tacoma.fm/tfmdjssaturday.php. My program is on from 10pm to 2 am (Pacific Standard time) Saturday evening.

I hope you can listen. Please send me a note and let me know what you think.

We are all always learning. And it is always more fun to learn together.

Let me know what it is about English that you find confounding, infuriating or endlessly intriguing.

Listen, read and speak. Make your new language your own.

My best to you as you make your way through this intriguing , constantly shifting linguistic landscape.


About the author of this entry:

Morf has a B.A.from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and an MAT (Master's in Teaching English) from the University of Washington (Seattle). Morf prefers international and independent films, foreign foods he can't pronounce, music no one else has heard of and riding his bicycle in foreign cities.

Posted by mmorf at July 27, 2010 06:49 PM

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