Student or Learner
I was wondering which personal pronoun I should use in the following sentences:
"No one dared to defy him, not even I/me"
"Jane thinks she's better than she/her" (here I would say "better than her", because that's the only variant I've ever heard)
This can get me confused a lot sometimes and so I would like to know
what the proper rule for this sort of thing is. That way I can avoid a few
ugly mistakes in the future.
Thanks in advance,
But here it is:
You use the subject form when the pronoun has the function of a subject.
You use the object form when the pronoun has the function of an object.
"No one dared to defy him, not even I (dared to defy him) - not even I.
"Jane thinks she's better than she (is) - not 'better than her is'.
However, in common usage, the object pronoun is often used instead.
No one dared to defy him, not even me.
Jane thinks she's better than her.
I draw the line of permitted licence where the pronoun is a direct object of a preposition or is the subject of a sentence.
* He's coming with Jane and I. - Wrong
'He's coming with me' therefore 'He's coming with Jane and me'
* Jane and me are going to the movies. - Wrong
'I am going' therefore "Jane and I are going"
* That's between you and I. Wrong.
That's between you and me.
There is a wide range of opinions on what is "acceptable".