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    Please could you tell me which of the following is correct.
    not as intelligent as I.
    not as intelligent as me.

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    "as . . . as" joins two like forms, and the latter part ("is . . . ") is often omitted:

    EX: He is as rich as she is rich.
    EX: He is as rich as she (is rich).

    Now, if there isn't a verb, speakers tend to use an object pronoun:

    EX: He is not as rich as her.

    And if there is a verb, speakers will use a subject pronoun:

    EX: He is not as rich as she is.

    And if the verb is dropped, speakers use either:

    EX: He is as rich as she.
    EX: He is as rich as her.

    The standard rule, use a subject pronoun with a verb, even if the verb is missing:

    EX: He is as rich as she (is rich).

    Hope that helps.

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    Default Re: I and Me

    Sorry but no.
    Please excuse my ignorance, but which would be deemed correct?
    not as intelligent as I.
    not as intelligent as me.
    Or, are both correct?

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    Both are correct.

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    Well, tdol is right. They're both used.

    In "not as intelligent as I" we're seeing ellipsis at work: "I" implies "I am."

    In "not as intelligent as me" you've encountered something that gives some English "grammarians" conniptions: the oblique pronoun. I'll give you a couple of other examples with "me."

    There's the old "it is I/it is me" argument. But "me" seems to have won this battle; when someone says "It is I" these days, it tends to sound rather melodramatic and affected.

    Then there's "Jim and me went to the movies." This usage of "me" - even though millions of native speakers routinely resort to it (and have done so for centuries) - is still frowned upon. Like "ain't" it remains a bit of a Rodney Dangerfield in English.

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    'not as tall as me' and 'not as tall as I' are both used. It is proper to use 'not as tall as me' because the last 'as' is a preposition and should be followed by the object form of a noun or pronoun. 'I' is the subject form and when you use it it should be followed by a verb, for example 'He is not as tall as I am'.

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    There is debate about whether it's a preposition or a conjunction, and you don't need to follow 'I' with a verb- 'as tall as I' is perfectly acceptable. There are three ways of handling this:
    as tall as I
    as tall as me
    as tall as I am

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