View Poll Results: Which would you use?

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  • Not I

    96 29.63%
  • Not me

    149 45.99%
  • It depends [please explain...]

    79 24.38%
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    MrPedantic is offline Moderator
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    Default Re: Not I

    Moreover, if you look at the first few pages for "It was me", you'll find that most of them relate to the structure under discussion. The only exception seems to be the occasional would-be humorous usage where "me" = "my".

    So contrary to those initial googles, I'd suggest that "It was I" is comparatively much less common online than "it was me".

    MrP

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    Default Re: Not I

    Quote Originally Posted by MrPedantic View Post
    So contrary to those initial googles, I'd suggest that "It was I" is comparatively much less common online than "it was me".
    MrP
    I will so stipulate, Mr P.

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    Default Re: Not I

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    On the phone:
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    Pat: Hello, may I speak with Sam, please?
    Sam: This is she.
    Would anyone say "This is her." there?

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    Default Re: Not I

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
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    I speak the Language of my generation--the "Me" generation. However, when communicating with speakers who(m) ascribe to traditional conventions, I tend to, but not always, use the nominative form, "I".
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    Me too, but only when it's right. I would never say 'Will you come with he and I', regardless of the degree of uninformed prejudice of my interlocutors.

    b

    ps - And I think the word particle is a cop-out as well.

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    Default Re: Not I

    Quote Originally Posted by dihen View Post
    Would anyone say "This is her." there?
    Hello Dihen

    I wouldn't say "This is her"; but I might say "This is him". (Though actually, I would probably say "Yes, speaking".)

    MrP

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    Default Re: Not I

    can you explain the difference and usage of "until" and "by"

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    Default Re: Not I

    Cakirpence, it's better if you start a new thread when you have a different question.
    The answer is that 'by' sets a time limit for completion:
    I'll have it ready by 3 o'clock. (3pm is the limit- it could be ready before then)
    'Until' sets a limit, but the action will continue throughout the period:
    The shop is open until 7pm. (it will not be closed during that time)

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    Default Re: Not I

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    The shop is open until 7pm. (it will not be closed during that time)
    I would want to use "during the time before that", because in the way I interpret it, "that time" refers to "7pm".

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