If only there have been Facebook in 1591!
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On our “I vs. Me” Facebook post:
I always tell my students to pretend the other person isn’t in the sentence. I wouldn’t say, “She took a picture of I.” So, why would I say, “She took a picture of Corinne and I.” … Linking verbs make this more complicated (e.g. “It is I”).
‘The traditional grammar rule states when a pronoun follows a linking verb, such as “is,” the pronoun should be in the subject case. It’s also called the “nominative.” That means it is correct to say, “It is I,” and “It was he who dropped the phone in shock when Jodie answered, ‘This is she,’” because “he” is the same type of pronoun as “I.”…Linking verbs are words like “is,” “was,” “were,” “appear,” and “seem,” which don’t describe an action so much as describe a state of being. When pronouns follow these non-action verbs, you use the subject pronouns such as “I,” “she,” “he,” “they,” and “we.”… The Merriam-Webster Dictionary of English Usage says that it’s a style choice, and that “It is I” is a formal style and “It is me” is a more casual style. In fact, most people who write about language agree that unless you’re answering the phone for the English department at the University of Chicago or responding to a Supreme Court judge, “That’s me” is an acceptable answer.’
— John James Bowlen Edwards, via Grammarly.com Facebook Page
How do you remember the proper use of ‘I’ and ‘me’?
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I think some people may be confusing conmunicating with grammar? Yes, Facebook, Twitter, texting and email are great ways for staying in touch with friends and family if you can’t get to see them often (although I know people who Facebook and text people in the same house!) so they aid communication; however I think it could definitely be said that they have contributed to the decline in correct grammatical usage and spelling. I was told by an English teacher recently that she had marked an assignment which was full of “text speak” and the student didn’t understand that it was contextually inappropriate. I found that disturbing.
— Tina D. via the Grammarly.com Facebook Page
Is Facebook killing real communication?
Aside from being a cute and clever cartoon, there is something deeper here.
On one hand, communication is getting easier and easier, and people are communicating more than ever. On the other hand, the communication that is happening is often more superficial. Some argue that this reduced, truncated communication is impacting, not only our language and the ability to use it correctly, but our society.
What do you think? Are Facebook and social media killing “meaningful” communication?
What if there had been Facebook in 1591?