For You and Me
What’s one of the most problematic word in English? It is “I”, the pronoun. By itself, the pronoun is not a problem, but when used with the conjunction “and“, the problem occurs. Which of the following is correct?
- you and I, OR
you and me
Both are correct!! The only difference is where they are positioned in a sentence. However, to see the difference, you need to know whether the pronoun is in the subject position or the object position in that sentence.
A “subject” is a noun(s) or a pronoun(s) that appears before a verb.
An “object” is a pronoun(s) that comes after a verb.
- Jack and I (subject) went (verb) up the hill.
- Tom met (verb) Jack and me (object) on the hill.
- Tom is waiting for (prep.) Jack and me (object) on the hill.
- Jill climbed the hill with (prep.) Jack and me (object).
Sentences #1 and #2 are obvious. In Sentence #3, you see the preposition “for” before the pronoun. The grammar rule states that for any preposition objects, use the pronoun “me” in the sentence.
Remember Michael Jackson’s environment song, “Heal the World“? Here’s part of the lyrics (the chorus) to illustrate the use of preposition objects for pronouns:
… Heal The World
Make It A Better Place
For You And (For) Me
And The Entire Human Race
There Are People Dying
If You Care Enough
For The Living
Make A Better Place
For You And (For) Me …
Take note that I’ve put the preposition “for” in parenthesis to indicate that it is optional especially in the written language.