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    #1

    Which is correct

    Some of my pet peeves lol: I hope to end the confusion once and for all with the help and advice of the experts here. :D

    She is taller than I
    You know much better than me

    Is any of the above forms incorrect? If so, can anyone explain to me why?

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    Re: Which is correct

    1. She is taller than I/me (am)
    2. You know much better than I/me (do).

    Some people feel that the sense requires the bracketed verb I have added, and that therefore the subject pronoun 'I' is required.

    Others feel that 'than' is functioning as a preposition, that we don't need the bracketed verb, and that the object preposition 'me is correct.

    In BrE, you will probably hear 'me' more, but in formal writing you will see 'I' more.

    I'd suggest that, if you get the question in a test, you choose 'I'.

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    Re: Which is correct

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    1. She is taller than I/me (am)
    2. You know much better than I/me (do).

    Some people feel that the sense requires the bracketed verb I have added, and that therefore the subject pronoun 'I' is required.

    Others feel that 'than' is functioning as a preposition, that we don't need the bracketed verb, and that the object preposition 'me is correct.

    In BrE, you will probably hear 'me' more, but in formal writing you will see 'I' more.

    I'd suggest that, if you get the question in a test, you choose 'I'.

    Thanks for explaining it all to me so well. The bracketed verbs really help one understand the "why" part instead of just following rules blindly. You would wish more grammar books were this comprehensive. ;)

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