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  1. matilda
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    Hello all

    Which of the following sentences is better/

    Jack is taller than I.
    Jack is taller than me.

    Please tell me the reason, too.

    Thanks a million

    Matilda

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    Re: 164-me/I

    Quote Originally Posted by matilda
    Jack is taller than I.
    Jack is taller than me.
    Both are fine. Use the first if you are taking a language proficiency test. It is correct because I stands in the same case position as Jack, which is nominative. The second is correct because native speakers tend to use objective case in predicates.
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  3. matilda
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    thank you Mister Micawber
    so I is grammatical, and ME is the way native speakers talk.in their everyday conversation.isn't it?

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    Both are acceptable, Matilda. I teach my students both forms. "me" in conversation (informal) and "I" in writing (formal). That way, they get both descriptive and prescriptive sides. They're empowered.

    Jack is taller than I am. <subject + verb: 'I' + 'am')
    Jack is taller than I. <subject + implied verb: 'I' + ('am')
    Jack is taller than me. <no verb, so 'me'>

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    Re: 164-me/I

    Please note, both descriptivists and prescriptivists work with rules. The former describe how speakers use the language, whereas the latter remind us how our language-providing ancestors used the language.

    For example, there isn't an overt verb in "Jack is taller than I", so language users change it to "me", the object pronoun: Jack is taller than me. According to prescriptivists, it's wrong, but then again, the way descriptivists see it is that speakers are following a rule, therefore it's grammatical / acceptable.

  6. matilda
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    thanks. you gave the best me answer.

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    Re: 164-me/I

    You're most welcome.

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