Open Letter about Grammar

At work, I see examples of this grammatical error ALL THE TIME.  I don’t mind it too much when it’s verbal, but it drives me crazy when it’s written.  And so…

Dear Friends,

If you can’t say, "the white one belongs to I," then you can’t say "the white one belongs to Emma and I," either.  I think we can all agree that you can’t say the first example.  Therefore, you can’t say the second either.  It’s not really all that difficult.  I believe we all learned it when we were about 6 years old.

But just to get grammatical on your asses, "I" is a subject, which performs the action of the verb, and "me" is an object, which receives the action.

Best regards,

me.

ps. no, this is not actually directed at anyone here…  unless you deserve it.

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7 comments

  1. Thank you! I agree it isn’t so bad when it’s spoken (although it still trips a trigger) but written… UGH!

    I’m so glad I’m not the only one who is driven insane by grammatical stuff.

  2. +1

    (It’s always been a problem, but Jim Morrison did us no favours with “til the stars fall from the sky for you and I” – what woulda been so hard about “til the stars fall to the sea for you and me”?)

  3. hey there!

    So congrats on the house and all. Question, have you hung prepasted wallpaper before? I have to do it for work and following the directions it’s like trying to hang a slip and slide. In other news Maryland has been fairly miserable, although I’m not sure if it is this specific situation or the whole “commitment thing”. Happy pre birthday-35-jesus!

    1. hey you! i was thinking about you just the other day. 🙂 no, i’ve not hung pre-pasted wallpaper before. i only remember doing wallpaper once, and it was with matt’s mom, who’s done it often. i’ve been avoiding it ever since. hey, email me your new real addy… i’ve been in postcard mood.

      ciao!

  4. The one that disturbs me the most is when people mix up “their”, “there” and “they’re” – you’d be amazed how many times that comes up, especially on news sites where the readers make comments . The phenomenon is not recent though – check out this old 1956 comedy routine by Stan Freberg, where the censor reprimands him for singing a “Mississippi Riverboat” song which contains numerous grammatical errors=

    http://www.steinski.com/blog/elderly_man_river_by_stan_freberg_and_daws_butler/

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