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Episode 07: Alone for Christmas?

Our friends are staying here for Christmas. Find out if they are spending this festive season alone.

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Hello

I've got a question about the following sentence from the transcript:

Sarah: (sighs) So, me and Magda will be on our own for Christmas.

'me' is an indirect object. We ask with 'to whom?' or 'for whom?' for it. 'I and Magda' is the subject (the part of the sentence which is doing the action). When I write in an essay 'me' instead of 'I' (for the subject) would this be a grammar mistake?

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Hello User_User,

The phrase 'me and X' has become very common in modern English and has largely replaced 'X and I'. You are correct about the inconsistency in terms of grammatical agreement, but language is governed by use, not by prescriptive rules, and if a given phrase becomes dominant then it becomes the standard form.

This does not apply to pronouns other than in the phrase 'X and me'. In any other context, it would be incorrect to use 'me' as a subject pronoun.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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'You're on' means 'OK, I accept'. If possible, please check the dictionary.

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