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    which one is correct?

    "Tom and I are friends"

    "Me and Tom are friends"

    Can you pls. give an explanation.

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    Wink Re: which one is correct?

    A simple rule that I was taught was :
    if 'me' or 'I' can stand alone, it's correct:

    "Tom and I are friends" - "I am a friend"
    Therefore, this is correct

    "Me and Tom are friends" -"Me am a friend"
    This is incorrect

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    Smile Re: which one is correct?

    you should use subjective personal pronouns (I, you, we, he, she, they) when the pronoun is the subject of the sentence: "I am hungry."
    Use objective personal pronouns (me, you, us, him, her, them) when the pronoun is the object of the sentence: "Give it to him."
    Therefore " Tom and I are friends" is correct.

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    Re: which one is correct?

    I don't want to get you confused but I think the second could be acceptable as well in spoken English.

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    Re: which one is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Englishlanguage View Post
    I don't want to get you confused but I think the second could be acceptable as well in spoken English.
    It may be commonly used, but it is not acceptable.

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    Re: which one is correct?

    Thank you, Anglika.
    Let me ask you something about what you mean by unacceptable. I realise we have debated many times on this forum about what is to be meant by standard/non-standard, formal/informal, correct/incorrect and so on but I'm afraid I still don't the the point in this case.
    Do you just mean you would not advise a student to say it or that it is unlikely to hear it from an educated native speaker? Or is it slang?
    P.s: Sorry, I don't want to bother you, I just need to get things clear.

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    Re: which one is correct?

    It is generally seen as an indication of poor education (which does not preclude its use by the most surprising people).

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    Re: which one is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    It is generally seen as an indication of poor education (which does not preclude its use by the most surprising people).
    ok...thank you...

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    Re: which one is correct?

    Here's something I've been told. You always put the personal pronoun after the other noun, for example,

    Tom and I are friends. is correct but I and Tom, or even me and Tom, are friends is wrong.

    What do u say?


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    Re: which one is correct?

    Certainly,Tom and I sounds much better than I and Tom but I can't tell you whether the latter is incorrect.

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