What’s correct? ‘Fewer’ or ‘Less?’ ‘Than me’ or ‘Than I?’ ‘For me’ or ‘For I?’
By Jim Schuh
Our mother tongue has gone to hell.
Turn on the TV these days, and you find some local newscasters butchering the English language. Many could not diagram a sentence or identify the parts of speech. Maybe they never had grammar lessons, or didn’t pay attention to whatever grammar instructions they had in school.
Another bad situation is that many seem not to know how to write. For that sin, they share blame with their bosses – the ones who hired them and allow them to go on the air with verbal slop and no guidance.
There are so many instances of faulty grammar on television that it’s difficult to know where to begin.
I’m confounded by how many people say, “for you and I.” The proper use is “for you and me.” The late sports announcer Dick Enberg was an offender – despite the fact he held a Ph.D. (It wasn’t in English.) The grammatical rule is simple: prepositions require the objective pronoun form.
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