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    • Join Date: Mar 2006
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    I and my sister or my sister and I?

    hi there! :
    I'd like to ask if there's any difference between the two following structures:

    I and my sister went to the cinema...
    My sister and I went to the cinema...

    I 've heard that the 2nd is more polite . Is that true?

    Thanks a lot!!!!

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    • Join Date: Feb 2006
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    Re: I and my sister or my sister and I?

    It's certainly regarded as more polite. It is the normal order of subjects -- a first person pronoun goes last in a list -- but I'm not sure if politeness or just common usage is the reason.

    In any case, it's a useful way to remember it: polite people do not put themselves first.

    • Join Date: May 2006
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    Re: I and my sister or my sister and I?

    Yes, sister gets listed before I. This is one of the few ways in which English is a "polite" language.

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