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    Default I or me

    hello ,
    could you answer this for me ?

    they went to the party except (me - I)

    someone said "use I because it`s a subject here"

    but i think me is better


    sorry for any language mistake i think the question is obvious .

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    Default Re: I or me

    I presume the correct way of putting it would be: "They went to the party without me".
    Or "Everyone except me went to the party", "Everyone except for me went to the party". Since we can use "except for" to mean "except" in such particular cases, I believe we must say "me" and not "I".

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    Default Re: I or me

    Quote Originally Posted by ricolding View Post
    hello ,
    could you answer this for me? We don't use a space before a punctuation mark.

    they went to the party except (me - I).

    someone said "use 'I' because it`s a subject here", but i think 'me' is better.


    sorry for any language mistake. i think the question is obvious. .
    Bennevis has answered your question. Please note his usage of 'everyone' and 'they'.

    Please try to use capital letters where appropriate - I have underlined letters that should be capitalised. I have also added a few punctuation marks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Bennevis has answered your question. Please note his usage of 'everyone' and 'they'.

    Please try to use capital letters where appropriate - I have underlined letters that should be capitalised. I have also added a few punctuation marks.


    thank u for the punctuation i don`t need it i only want the answer not the puncituation !

    i know that me is good but the teacher said it is I because I here i subject like saying

    except I


    and we mean

    i didn`t go

    is it right or what

    because it is not for fun it might came in the exam and it is not in the book but it based on it

    sorry for the bad english and please don`t talk about the puncituation because English is not only puncituation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bennevis View Post
    I presume the correct way of putting it would be: "They went to the party without me".
    Or "Everyone except me went to the party", "Everyone except for me went to the party". Since we can use "except for" to mean "except" in such particular cases, I believe we must say "me" and not "I".

    sorry the question is

    everyone went to the part except ( I -me)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bennevis View Post
    I presume the correct way of putting it would be: "They went to the party without me".
    Or "Everyone except me went to the party", "Everyone except for me went to the party". Since we can use "except for" to mean "except" in such particular cases, I believe we must say "me" and not "I".

    sorry the question is

    everyone went to the part except ( I -me)

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    Everyone went to the party except me.

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    Default Re: I or me

    Quote Originally Posted by ricolding View Post
    sorry for the bad english and please don`t talk about the puncituation because English is not only puncituation.
    Dear Ricolding,

    I'm afraid punctuation is important in English, as well as in other languages that use the Latin alphabet. I helps to understand the text better. Therefore, it's considerate towards the reader to use proper punctuation. Am I right in assuming you want to be understood and you're not above being considerate?

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    Default Re: I or me

    Quote Originally Posted by ricolding View Post
    sorry the question is

    everyone went to the part except ( I -me)

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    (1) Teachers Bennevis and Fivejedjon have given us learners excellent answers.

    (2) I think that I may (repeat: may) understand your problem.

    (3) Today in the year 2011, the word "except" is considered a preposition. As

    you already know from your studies, after a preposition, you always use the

    object form (such as me, him, her, us, them):

    Everybody went except me.
    She did it for me.
    They went with me.

    (4) Congratulations! In your first post, you said that you felt the correct answer was

    "me." You were correct!

    (5) BUT many, many years ago, it was good English to use "I." Many years ago,

    some people felt that "except" was a conjunction. So many years ago, you could

    say "Everyone went except I (did not go).

    Maybe your friends were reading an old grammar book. That is why they told you to

    use "I."

    (a) Here is an example from the great grammarian George O. Curme:

    Everyone except me seems to dislike him. / Everyone except I seems to dislike him.

    The great professor's book was published in 1931. He said that "me" was then

    "more common."

    (6) I think that we learners should follow Teachers Bennevis and Fivejedjon's advice

    and use "me" -- just as you said in your first post.

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    Default Re: I or me

    Quote Originally Posted by ricolding View Post
    Thank you for the punctuation. I don`t need it. I only want the answer not the punctuation!

    I know that "me" is good but the teacher said it is "I" because "I" here is the subject like saying

    "except I" when we mean "I didn`t go"

    Is it right or what not?

    because It is not for fun - it might came appear in the exam and it is not in the book but it is based on it.

    Sorry for the bad English and please don`t talk about the punctuation because English is not only punctuation.
    English is not only punctuation, that's true, but punctuation is extremely important. With written English it is AS important as the actual words you use. It can mean the difference between someone understanding you and not understanding you. If you use incorrect or no punctuation, it's possible that someone will think you mean something completely different from your actual intended meaning.

    If you are going to be sitting an exam (as you suggested in your post) and you write in your exam in the same way as you have written your post here, you will not get good marks.

    You were right when you said "It's not for fun". It's not. It's very serious indeed - and so is punctuation.

    Also, on this forum, if every one of your posts needs to be corrected as much as this one did (see all my capitalisation and punctuation corrections), you will find that very few teachers will answer your questions.

    We like to see that you are making as much effort as possible. If you cannot or will not make the effort with punctuation, then we are not going to make much effort helping you.

    Please note the spelling of punctuation.

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