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    Mixing use of object and subject pronouns

    I'm curious if there are any special constructions or idioms whereby object or subject pronouns swap.

    For example, I hear many people say 'Janet and I' instead of 'Janet and me'
    and I also think that in passive voice it sounds ok to mix pronouns slightly, another example

    'The work was done by I' - I know this is not correct but when I was living in Birmingham England, I was sure I heard expressions like this all the time!

    Are there any well known idioms which disobey subject/object pronoun rules?

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    Re: Mixing use of object and subject pronouns

    Quote Originally Posted by teflsecretagent View Post
    I'm curious if there are any special constructions or idioms whereby object or subject pronouns swap.

    For example, I hear many people say 'Janet and I' instead of 'Janet and me'
    and I also think that in passive voice it sounds ok to mix pronouns slightly, another example

    'The work was done by I' - I know this is not correct but when I was living in Birmingham England, I was sure I heard expressions like this all the time!

    Are there any well known idioms which disobey subject/object pronoun rules?

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


    Teflsecretagent,


    (1) Here in the United States, many people (of all ages) say

    something like: Me and my best friend went to Disneyland

    yesterday.

    (a) I do not think this is an idiom. Maybe it is just bad English.

    Hopefully, most Americans realize that the correct way is:

    My friend and I ....

    (2) Also, many people are starting to use "I" after a preposition

    -- even by supposedly educated people. One theory is that they

    think that "I" sounds more elegant than "me"; another theory is that

    they faintly remember that "good" English calls for "It is I," so they

    feel it is very elegant to say: This secret is between you and I.


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

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