I know that schools seem to think it’s an infringement of a student’s civil rights to make them learn grammar now, but I can’t stand it any longer. The grammar lady deep within me is screaming to be heard.
When is it me and when is it I? Let’s take two simple sentences:
Mary and I went to the movies.
Mother gave Mary and I money for the movies.
Now let’s do away with Mary. (You never really liked her, anyway.)
I went to the movies. Okay, that sounds good.
Mother gave I money for the movies. Ouch. Not so good.
When in doubt, leave the other one out.
Simple, isn’t it?
(Don’t get me started on the misuse of “lay” and “lie”. Just thinking about it makes me want to lie down and give up.)