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  1. Senior Member
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    Between Naoko and I

    Hi, teachers!

    Now I'm translating a passage of a novel for fun. (not to publish it.)

    "The distance between Naoko and (I/ me) was about one meter...."

    In this case, which is correct., I or me? Or either will be fine?

    Thank you!


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    Re: Between Naoko and I

    Of all the other grammatical errors people make when speaking, they seem to be so conscious of saying, "He and I go way back" instead of "me and him" etc that at times they go too far.

    Prepositions take the objective case, so it is:
    "The distance between Naoko and me was about one metre...."

    ...the preposition 'between' taking the objective case of "I", namely, 'me'.

    I write as a Brit. Eng. speaker. God knows whether "between you and I" is now Standard American.

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    Re: Between Naoko and I

    It's between you and me here in the Americas, all the way. But quite a few people all around the world, especially in Australia, say "Between you and I."

  3. Editor,
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    Re: Between Naoko and I

    'Between you and I' is guaranteed to make you many enemies if you use it- a lot of people get very angry about it.


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