It really gets me when people don’t know the simple rules of grammar. I don’t have a master and can always learn from others so I will school you on this little tid bit.
When you write a sentence like the title of this post, “The use of you and I”. “I” is incorrect it should be “me“. The use of you and me, I know it’s an incomplete sentence alone. But, why you ask is it incorrect? Because if you drop the “you” in the sentence you wouldn’t say “the use of I”. You would say “the use of me”. When you write a sentence and you’re not sure if you should use “me” or “I”. Drop the “I” or “me” from the sentence and if you can use the “I” alone then “I” is acceptable. If you can’t then you should use “me.”
The car raced passed Sherry and I. Wrong!
You wouldn’t say –“The car raced passed I.” You would say – ‘The car raced passed me.”
Sherry and I went to see Mrs. Smith. Correct!
Because you definitely won’t say, “me went to see Mrs. Smith.”
The book was very interesting to Betty and I. Is that the right or wrong usage? Figure it out for yourself.
I don’t know all the rules. But I learn as I go along. I appreciate tips and thank everyone who offers them. I mean there are so many like, “there” vs. “their”, “they” vs. “them”, “to” vs. “too” vs. “two”. Then (or should it be than), there is my all time favorite, “who” vs. “whom“. I still don’t understand that one.
I often make the mistake of constantly using the wrong tense when I write. Several people have pointed this out to me. Now I am conscious of it and try to correct myself. When I read over my writings that I correct, it usually reads better. Thanks to all who (or is it whom) that have pointed this out to me.
The above sentence should be: “The book was very interesting to Betty and me.” You got that right.
If any of you have read this far and have a tip to help us all with our writing please share it. If I made any grammatical errors in this post please point them out. After all I want to submit a perfect manuscript when I complete my novel.