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    Default Re: Older than me or I

    I'd appreciate your further thoughts on this. You may well have a better command of the language than me.

    This sentence, then should also end with I, rather than me, to be correct.

    I am not a teacher.

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    Default Re: Older than me or I

    Quote Originally Posted by Searching for language View Post
    I'd appreciate your further thoughts on this. You may well have a better command of the language than me.

    This sentence, then should also end with I, rather than me, to be correct.

    I am not a teacher.
    Yes it should.

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    Default Re: Older than me or I

    Quote Originally Posted by Searching for language View Post
    I'd appreciate your further thoughts on this. You may well have a better command of the language than me.

    This sentence, then should also end with I, rather than me, to be correct.
    Yes, because it would be short for You may well have a better command of the language than I do.



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    Default Re: Older than me or I

    I must honestly say this topic seems to be more complicated than I thought.

    Anyway I found this post:
    Quote Originally Posted by GenJen54
    I found the following from the Rutgers "Andromeda" English Grammar Website and The Guide to Grammar and Style by Jack Lynch.

    It's the quickest substitution I could find since my style books and old ESL text books are in storage. Let the debate begin...

    Than I versus Than Me.

    Than, as used in comparatives, has traditionally been considered a conjunction; as such, if you're comparing subjects, the pronouns after than should take the "subjective case." In other words, "He's taller than I," not "He's taller than me"; "She's smarter than he," not "She's smarter than him." If, on the other hand, you're comparing direct or indirect objects, the pronouns should be objective: "I've never worked with a more difficult client than him."

    There are some advantages to this traditional state of affairs. If you observe this distinction, you can be more precise in some comparisons. Consider these two sentences:
    • He has more friends than I. (His total number of friends is higher than my total number of friends.)
    • He has more friends than me. (I'm not his only friend; he has others.)

    The problem, though, is that in all but the most formal contexts, "than I" sounds stuffy, even unidiomatic. Most people, in most contexts, treat than as a preposition, and put all following pronouns in the objective case, whether the things being compared are subjects or objects. "He's taller than me" sounds more natural to most native English speakers.

    (Mods, please let me know if this is inappropriate and I will gladly remove it and/or paraphrase the text to fit the WR formats.)
    It's taken from some other forums.
    I like the both sentences I marked.

    What would be the exact question for this sentence:
    I'm taller than John.
    Than who am I taller? - Than who is John taller?
    Than whom am I taller? - Than whom is John taller?
    (Please correct the questions because I believe they are all wrong.)

    In my opinion if it's who, we should use I, this means:
    John is taller than I

    What else I read:
    "...than me" sounds correct to most guys, but it seems to be wrong.
    "...than I" sounds odd to most guys, but strongly seen (grammatically) it should be correct.

    I really would like to know this.

    Cheers!

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    Default Re: Older than me or I

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    I must honestly say this topic seems to be more complicated than I thought.

    Anyway I found this post:


    It's taken from some other forums.
    I like the both sentences I marked.

    What would be the exact question for this sentence:
    I'm taller than John.
    Than who am I taller? - Than who is John taller?
    Than whom am I taller? - Than whom is John taller?
    (Please correct the questions because I believe they are all wrong.)

    In my opinion if it's who, we should use I, this means:
    John is taller than I

    What else I read:
    "...than me" sounds correct to most guys, but it seems to be wrong.
    "...than I" sounds odd to most guys, but strongly seen (grammatically) it should be correct.

    I really would like to know this.

    Cheers!
    "Who are you taller than?" "Who is taller, you or John?" These would be appropriate questions to get the answer "I am taller than John".

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    Default Re: Older than me or I

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Than who am I taller? - Than who is John taller?
    Than whom am I taller? - Than whom is John taller?
    (Please correct the questions because I believe they are all wrong.)

    You've got that right.


    A: Who is taller--you or John?
    B: John is taller than me.

    (Listen to bhaisahab. He knows what he is talking about.)



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    Default Re: Older than me or I

    Thanks,
    But are you 100% (or let's say 99% ) sure that
    B: John is taller than me.
    is correct?

    I'm starting to believe that me sounds better but it's grammatically seen not correct...

    Cheers!

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    Default Re: Older than me or I

    If you don't want to say taller than me, then don't. Just don't say I am wrong when I say it.

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    Default Re: Older than me or I

    Don't worry, Ron

    I just can't believe that no one checked some grammar books.
    There must be simple rule.
    There's also an Oxford site (or something else) that contains plenty of grammar rules.
    I just want to know it

    Cheers!

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    Default Re: Older than me or I

    This one has been discussed before. In any case, there is no reason for me to consult anyone or anything on this one.


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