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    Should i use NOT I or NOT me

    I was recently corrected by a 6th grader who suggested i should use "not i" instead of "not me". Which is correct?
    Thanks
    Rahul

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    Re: Should i use NOT I or NOT me

    That is right! Not is adverb that used before ProNound or after Main Verb.
    ex: You do it not me(not use I) ;
    You can do it without me(/not use I);
    I did not say so.

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    Re: Should i use NOT I or NOT me

    If it's replacing a subject, then 'I' is correct:
    You should do it, not I.
    However, in common usage, 'me' is more commonly used. It depends on whether you want to be pedantic or not.

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    Re: Should i use NOT I or NOT me

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    If it's replacing a subject, then 'I' is correct:
    You should do it, not I.
    However, in common usage, 'me' is more commonly used. It depends on whether you want to be pedantic or not.
    To be really, really, very pedantic, "me" is correct, not "I".

    The idea that "not I" is correct is a basic fallacy caused by a grammarian who thought that the difference between English "I" and "me" is the same as that between Latin "ego" and "me" -- but it isn't.

    However, this mistake was so often copied that its use became widespread, but not all grammar books agreed with this usage, and it was never standard English. However, because the error was made by the well-educated, it was assumed that it was correct formal English.

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