|1 John and me went; us women understand; between you and I|
|In informal speech, we often use object forms in double subjects.|
|Joe and me found the poor dog under the bridge.|
Shane and me had lunch at that famous restaurant yesterday.
Me and the young campers enjoyed the thrilling adventure.
|‘Us’ is sometimes used as a subject together with a noun.|
|Us sailors love our ship and the sea.|
Us Human Rights victims know exactly how difficult the situation is.
Us women should assert equality in the pay for work.
|And ‘I’ is often used informally in double objects.|
|Between you and I, our relationship is fine.|
That decision is for my brother and I.
We remember vividly how you supported Alexandra and I when we most needed it.
|However, it should be remembered that these examples are considered ‘incorrect’ in formal speech or writing.|
|2 as, than, but and except + me or I|
|Object forms are generally used in an informal style after ‘as’ and ‘than’.|
|My daughter is almost as tall as me.|
That dog can jump as high as him.
Bonnie can walk faster than her.
Frances can type much faster than me.
In a more formal style, subject forms are used, usually followed by verbs.
|Frances can type much faster than I can.|
Bonnie can walk faster can she can.
That dog can jump as high as he can.
My daughter is almost as tall as I am.
|But (meaning ’except’) and except are followed by object forms.|
|Nobody but me was there on the stage .|
No one but him can do that kind of surgery.
Everybody is welcome to the games except her.
Can nobody else understand the situation except me?
|3 It is/was me that.../ I who...|
|When a relative clause comes after an expression like ‘It is/was me’ , there are two possibilities:|
object form + that (very informal)
|It’s him that makes you so happy these days.|
It was her that surprised my parents yesterday.
It was them that supported the group.
subject form + who (very formal)
|It’s he who makes you so happy these days.|
It was she who surprised my parents yesterday.
It was they who supported the group.
|But we can avoid being too formal or too informal by using a different structure.|
|They were the ones who supported the group.|
He is the person who makes you so happy these days.
She was the one who surprised my parents yesterday.
|4 mixed subject and object: It’s for him to decide.|
|Sometimes a pronoun is the object of a verb or preposition, but the subject of a following infinitive or clause. Normally an object form is used in this case.|
|It’s for them to make the final arrangements. (Not It’s for they....)|
I guess it would be better for you and me to talk things over. (Considered more correct than...for you and I....)
Nothing is impossible to him who tries best.
|5 inclusive and exclusive ‘we’|
|‘We’ and ‘us’ can include or exclude the listener or reader. Compare:|
|We’re going swimming in the pool. Would you like to join us? (‘we’ and ‘us’ exclude the listener.}|
We’ll be travelling on the cruise ship to Alaska next year. Are you coming with us?
Shall we play tennis this weekend? ( ‘We” includes the listener.)
This is a beautiful restaurant. Shall we order our food now?
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