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Robert is better than I at ... or Robert is better than me at ...

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DodoRevival Sun 27-Nov-16 11:59:58

Which is the correct one?

For the record I would use the latter. Someone who regards themselves as being better educated than me and having a higher standard of English than I do recently used the former.

I have never been formally taught grammar and interested to know which it should be; also can you explain (in plain English!) why please?

NetflixandBill Sun 27-Nov-16 12:18:23

I would say 'better than me' but i can't explain why! I do think some people overuse the 'I' instead of 'me'.

Worse is when people use 'myself'! Grrr

Floggingmolly Sun 27-Nov-16 12:20:54

Better than I am.

Pagwatch Sun 27-Nov-16 12:21:59

Robert sucks.

ElfingHeck Sun 27-Nov-16 12:22:45

Anything rather than 'Robert is better than myself at ...'

NicknameUsed Sun 27-Nov-16 12:23:10

This seems to be a recent thing. Surely common sense must tell you that if you are just referring to yourself you would know whether it should be me or I.

eg I went to the cinema - DP and I went to the cinema. You wouldn't use me in that case.

MIL came to the cinema with DP and me - not MIL came to the cinema with DP and I, or MIL came to the cinema with me because DP couldn't go. She din't come to the cinema with I.


Are these people really that uneducated or are they trying to sound posh and failing spectacularly?

BratFarrarsPony Sun 27-Nov-16 12:24:15

Better than I am at...

BratFarrarsPony Sun 27-Nov-16 12:24:59

..because you would not say ..."me is good at that'

Bertieboo1 Sun 27-Nov-16 12:26:04

Better than me....

It's because grammatically Robert is the subject of the sentence (I think) not the speaker.

So 'I kicked the ball' I is the subject - I is doing the kicking.

But 'the ball was kicked at me' - someone else is doing the kicking, so me is used.

SwedishEdith Sun 27-Nov-16 12:27:18

Me. I has to be used with a verb? My grammar knowledge, like lots my age I suspect, is through learning French.

I think some people think I sounds posher so use it when they're not sure or want to sound formal.

BratFarrarsPony Sun 27-Nov-16 12:27:30

Nickname , some people, even quite educated ones, think that 'and I' is correct in all cases.
That is just what it is, a case - nominative or accusative...but probably best not to go
The best explanation is to remove the other person, as you said.

DodoRevival Sun 27-Nov-16 12:30:30

have never been formally taught grammar

This is what I thought. However neither sentance makes sense without Robert!!

Maybe we should ask Robert ...

ginghamstarfish Sun 27-Nov-16 12:31:16

'I' for the subject, 'me' for the object - but correct grammar seems to be
optional these days!

DodoRevival Sun 27-Nov-16 12:31:29

What the heck!! That's not what I copied to quote!! I wrote that.

BratFarrarsPony Sun 27-Nov-16 12:33:31

oh yes this would make no sense without
I still think it would be 'than I am'...

callipygiana Sun 27-Nov-16 12:33:51

Pronouns for active voice:

Pronouns for passive voice

I love him
He loves me

You just need to work out who is doing the action (subject) and who is receiving it (object).

DodoRevival Sun 27-Nov-16 12:34:06

Why I'm interested is the person who used 'i' is well known for her superior knowledge of everything grammar. I was a bit taken a back that I felt she was wrong.

BratFarrarsPony Sun 27-Nov-16 12:35:43

that is not 'active and passive voice' Callipy

QueenMortificado Sun 27-Nov-16 12:36:03

My friend went to a vey posh school and is absolutely certain she was ALWAYS taught to say "I" because it is more polite

I've explained the whole "take away the other person from the sentence" thing many times and she doesn't get it

Would you ever say "here's a photo of I"? No, of course you wouldn't. So why would you say "here's a photo of John and I"?

DodoRevival Sun 27-Nov-16 12:38:20

You just need to work out who is doing the action (subject) and who is receiving it (object).


<Looks blankly at screen>

This might be where I'm struggling ...

The sentence with 'am' in it does seem the most preferable, making both examples wrong!!

TyrannosauraRegina Sun 27-Nov-16 12:39:36

Easy way to tell: swap to third person. For some reason, people find first person much more confusing grammatically.

Robert is better than her at... - fine
Robert is better than she is at... - fine
Robert is better than she at... - no.

So that would mean:
Robert is better than me at...
Robert is better than I am at...
are both correct.

callipygiana Sun 27-Nov-16 12:43:23

I meant in the following, for example:

I built the house (active)
The house was built by me (passive).

DodoRevival Sun 27-Nov-16 12:44:27

TyrannosauraRegina which means my instinct was right and hers wrong by omission of 'am'

<Does a victory dance>

Not that I'm ever going to tell her!! That'd be too dangerous.

GinIsIn Sun 27-Nov-16 12:44:54

It's I - What you are saying is 'Robert is better than I am at chess' 'I am not as good at chess as Robert'.

BratFarrarsPony Sun 27-Nov-16 12:47:24

yes but callipy this is not a question about the passive or active voice, it is about cases.
By throwing that in you are just confusing people! smile

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