I go to the store. She goes to the store.
She and I go to the store.
Simple, right? Apparently not, because everywhere I go, and every time I turn on the TV, I hear people say things such as “Her and I go to the store” or “Her and I have been friends since college” or “Him and I get along great.“
Why is this grammar mistake so common? You would never say “Her went to the store,” right? So why would you say “Her and I went to the store?” And you would never say “Karen saw I,”right? Or does “Karen gave I the apple” sound correct to you?
Here’s how it works:
“I” and “she” are subject pronouns, i.e. they can be used as the subjects in a sentence.
- I go to the store.
- She goes to the store.
“Me” and “her” are object pronouns, i.e. they can be used as direct or indirect objects in a sentence.
- Direct object: Karen saw me.
- Indirect object: Karen gave me the apple.
- Direct object: Karen saw her.
- Indirect object: Karen gave her the apple.
The fight for good grammar in the written and spoken word rages on, but I’m determined to do my part to stop the madness. I hope you will help me!
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