Poll: All debts are cleared between you and I.

All debts are cleared between you and I.

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  • Added: January 2006

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TheBard

Merchant of Venice- Act III, Scene II

Martin

Id use "All debts are cleared between yourself and I."

RonBee

<<Id use "All debts are cleared between yourself and I." >>

That's horrible. (Should I assume that "Id" is a typo there?)

~R

Rpollck

No, it should be "All debts are cleared between you and me."

Brad

Of course the last pronoun is in the wrong case: It should be "between you and me." However, it is from Shakespeare, and in Shakespeare's day writers didn't pay much attention to niceties of grammar.

rompey

Brad,"between you and me" was outlawed only in 1860. "Shakespeare can hardly have violated a rule of formal English grammar, since he and his contemporaries studied Latin grammar, not English. In fact, the rule outlawing between you and I did not get written until the 1860s. It has since become part of standard schoolroom grammar. Writing between you and I is now widely regarded as a sign of ignorance, even though the phrase occurs quite often in speech" (google)

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