Hi everyone, I'm new here and loving it! I have lots of questions, but this is my first. Sorry this post is so long.
My problem is the pervasive misuse of "I" by very smart business people. I know that this isn't the forum to try to fix the world's uses, my question is how to handle it. My fear is that when I employ correct usage I will be judged, incorrectly, as having bad grammar.
INCORRECT - Between you and I.
CORRECT - Between you and me.
INCORRECT - She bought Jim and I's house. (I's?? I have actually heard this!!)
CORRECT - She bought Jim's and my house.
I am pretty sure that this problem started with the following scenario: "Mom, can me and Jimmy go to the store?" Mom: "Jimmy and I.. say it!" (oh, was that just MY mom forcing me to say it?) :P
Mom was only correcting incorrect usage, so she never had reason to enforce "between you and me." Sometimes "me" is correct. It is correct a lot more times than people are using it these days.
I have always been told that my grammar will tell people everything they need to know about me. This use just annoys me, but I don't judge people to be dumb. My fear is that when I say "You can call Jim or me if you have any questions," that people think jeeze how dumb is she!
So do I keep using it correctly and hope for the best, or start gritting my teeth and use it incorrectly to fit in with other people's perception of correctness? Or just end my association with Jim and be finished with it! :wink:
If this topic has been covered, my apologies. I found MT a few days ago and I am hooked! Thank you Mike, Mark, and everyone that posts with great advice and info!