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    Pronouns

    Which of the options is the more grammatically correct?

    1) Let's you and I celebrate....
    2) Let's you and me celebrate....

    Should the pronoun in red agree with 'us' (ex. no. 2) or as a subject pronoun (ex. no. 1)?

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    Re: Pronouns

    Let's = Let us.
    Let us, you and I, celebrate.


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    Quote Originally Posted by wace View Post
    Which of the options is the more grammatically correct?

    1) Let's you and I celebrate....
    2) Let's you and me celebrate....

    Should the pronoun in red agree with 'us' (ex. no. 2) or as a subject pronoun (ex. no. 1)?

    Thanks

    Example 1 is correct. We're not celebrating you and me. You and I are celebrating.

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    Thank you.
    'Let's you and I..' is what I would have used myself. The reason I asked for a native speaker's advice, is that the other day I came across an example with 'let's you and me' in an article (supposedly written by a native speaker...)... and then I was quite literally overcome by doubt...
    Next time I'll trust my instict...
    Thanks again.


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    Quote Originally Posted by wace View Post
    Which of the options is the more grammatically correct?

    1) Let's you and I celebrate.... Let you and I celebrate; Let us, you and me, celebrate; Let's celebrate
    2) Let's you and me celebrate....

    Should the pronoun in red agree with 'us' (ex. no. 2) or as a subject pronoun (ex. no. 1)?

    Thanks
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    Howard Fast (American novelist) in his 1979 DELL edition of 'Immigrants' writes: 'Let's you and me go out and get drunk'.

    I don't know what to make of it.....


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    Quote Originally Posted by wace View Post
    Howard Fast (American novelist) in his 1979 DELL edition of 'Immigrants' writes: 'Let's you and me go out and get drunk'.

    I don't know what to make of it.....
    Take it as Fast's style of writing. He was not the world's greatest stylist.

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    I've been leafing through quite a few grammar books and here's the result:

    YOU and ME = US
    YOU and I= WE

    so: let us go, you and me
    Shall we go, you and I?

    US is an object pronoun as is ME. Therefore it should be 'Let's you and me.
    An appositive should be of the same type.

    'You and me' may be redundant but that doesn't make it wrong. On the contrary, it adds specificity. 'Let us' by itself could be 'you, me and everyone else'. 'You and me' is just the two of us.

    Also, 'Let you and me' is awkward and isn't really used.
    As a student, I was taught that you should be able to remove the other person from the statement and it should still make sense. In this case, it actually reads 'Let us' so removing 'us' and 'you' read 'let me' not 'let I'.

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    ...so removing 'us' and 'you' IT SHOULD read 'let me' not 'let I'-

    sorry....

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    Re: Pronouns

    Come to think of it, as a huge Olivia Newton-John fan, I could quote
    one her songs 'Fight for our love' in which she says
    'Don't let it die,
    let's you and I,
    fight for our love'

    However, I suspect that the use of 'you and I' is just to rhyme with 'die'

    Similarly I could quote T.S. Eliot's 'Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock':
    ' Let us go then, you and I
    When the evening is spread out against the sky
    Like a patient etherised upon a table.....

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