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    'I' or 'Me'

    Hi,

    Please let me know which is the better substitute here:

    Except for you and I/me, everyone brought a present for the little birthday boy.

    I think, 'I' should be used, as I feel here the pronoun should be in subjective case and not in accusative case, but the answer given in the book is me. Why?

    Please correct me if I am am wrong here.

    Regards,

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    Re: 'I' or 'Me'

    Me is the better option.

    You use I in first person in the following case:
    Q Who is it?
    A It is I?

    You cannot substitute me for I everywhere and anywhere.
    Last edited by SUDHKAMP; 13-May-2008 at 13:08. Reason: I forgot the word first person


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    Re: 'I' or 'Me'

    Except for you and I/me

    'for' is a preposition governing the pronouns that follow, and takes the objective (accusative) case, so 'me'.


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    Re: 'I' or 'Me'

    Hi David,

    Sorry, did not get it. Please elaborate on it. It would be more clearer if you can tell me which is the subject in the aforesaid sentence( in the earlier post). Is 'little boy' the subject there, or the pronouns " You and me/I'? Or the subject is something else?

    Thanks for your help in advance!

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    #5

    Re: 'I' or 'Me'

    Hi,
    The original sentence: Except for you and I/me, everyone brought a present for the little birthday boy.

    The subject of the main clause is "everyone," but that's not what we're talking about.

    "Except for you and..." is not part of the main clause, so don't worry about the subject, recipient, etc.

    Just look at "Except FOR." For is a preposition. What follows is the OBJECT of the preposition. You need a pronoun in the OBJECT case.

    Except for me.

    Everyone bought a present except I. -- Would you say that?
    Everyone bought a present except me. -- That sounds better.
    Except for me, everyone bought a present.
    Except for you and me, everyong bought a present.


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    Re: 'I' or 'Me'

    thanks Barb_D

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    #7

    Re: 'I' or 'Me'

    'I' Object of preposition-incorrect.
    You and me is correct.

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    Re: 'I' or 'Me'

    Quote Originally Posted by rj1948 View Post
    'I' Object of preposition-incorrect.
    You and me is correct.
    Can we think the whole matter in singular and plural terms as you and me makes a group and everyone the other group?

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    Re: 'I' or 'Me'

    Quote Originally Posted by SUDHKAMP View Post
    Can we think the whole matter in singular and plural terms as you and me makes a group and everyone the other group?
    Try this quick test:
    Except for ________

    a) us ( you and me)
    b) we (you and I)


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    #10

    Re: 'I' or 'Me'

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    Try this quick test:
    Except for ________

    a) us ( you and me)
    b) we (you and I)

    why test ?

    preposition for is followed by object us.

    The correct answer is "except for us"

    Have I cleared the test Soup?

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