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June 22, 2007


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Hey Dan, thanks for clearing this up. I always get confused by this and end up even mumbling my way through these kinds of sentences in conversation just to get through it. The trick you mention at the end is a great one. I think we get freaked out by speech when sometimes it's about common sense.

I just stumbled upon your blog by way of Steve Rubel's blog: http://www.micropersuasion.com/2007/06/writing_is_part.html

I've shared your blog with my contacts on Facebook. Keep it up! -K

Lisa Braithwaite

I posted about this back in February, but you've done a much better job explaining it than I did!

Richard Hare

So should the Yul Brynner musical be titled "The King And Me"?!

Heidi Cool

Thanks for addressing what has long been a pet peeve of mine. I may talk to "myself," but "myself" neither travels in a pack nor acts upon other objects!

I'm sure most of us were taught about reflexive pronouns as children, but I think that many forget what that means--that the pronoun reflects back upon the subject--rather than acting upon some other object.


I was an English teacher for several years and now I tutor reading and English on a very part time basis. I have always used that trick with my students to help them know which pronoun, I or Me, to pick with the sentence. I am pretty sure I heard it from my English teachers in grade school. I am always surprised at the things that seem simple that people don't know.

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