Do You Understand I?
by Noby Nobriga

Introduction:

Why does the Internet, or at least its readers, have to suffer from everyone's need to over-correct themselves or everyone's need to sound more "proper"? Magazines and books have proofreaders and editors to catch misuses (most of the time). And, used to, one could not get on television without having communication-intensive experience and learning.

Questions:

1. Which sentence is grammatically correct?

a) The photograph was of Jimmy and I.
b) The photograph was of Jimmy and me.

2. Which sentence is grammatically correct?

a) Jimmy and I had our pictures taken.
b) Jimmy and me had our pictures taken.

3. Which sentence is grammatically correct?

a) I don't love her much: you, apparently, love her more than I.
b) I don't love her much: you, apparently, love her more than me.

4. Which sentence is grammatically correct?

a) You do everything for her and nothing for me: you, apparently, love her more than I.
b) You do everything for her and nothing for me: you, apparently, love her more than me.

Answers:

1. b
2. a
3. a
4. b

Penance:

If you missed at least one, you need to revisit every location on the Internet where you have ever written anything and correct your mistakes.

If you answered each question correctly because you read the complete sentence pairs and changed your original choice, you need to revisit every location on the Internet where you have written anything and correct your mistakes.

If you don't care that you write incorrectly, enjoy your life knowing that people make fun of you behind your back.

Praise:

If you answered each question correctly because you already knew the correct answer, go forth and spread the word that is "me," for it is not a sin to use it.

Rules and Tips:

The first person singular pronoun for the subject of a sentence is "I." The first person singular pronoun for an object is "me." (See question 1 and 2.) Sometimes you have to choose your meaning. In question 3 and 4 you have to use the context given in the first part of the sentence. In question 3, the implied ending is "you, apparently, love her more than I [do]." In question 4, the implied missing words are, "you, apparently, love her more than [you love] me."

Don't be afraid to use "me" where it is appropriate. Always fear using "I" where it is not appropriate.


Closing:

Now, me hope me taught you something. Make I proud.

Copyright 19 Aug 2006 We Like Media.
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