Three egregious one:
Ben and me went to see Mr. Hood. (ow – objective instead of nominative case)
He’s bigger than me. (Comparisons use nominative case.)
When you finish filling out the forms, please give them to Ms. Davis or myself. (Ban the reflexive pronoun!)
But the ones that they ALL got wrong on the homework are the ones that make me look like the Ming the Merciless:
Everyone thought it was really funny, but no one guessed it was him. (When the pronoun is an object but the verb is to be, you use the nominative case.)
Fight the rising tide of bad usage. Stand on the high ground of the subjective/nominative case. Teach them the prescriptive rules and insist that we follow them.
Assume that if it hasn’t been covered yet, others don’t feel that it is important. Take the descriptive “everyone’s doing it” approach. Swim with the current instead of upstream against it.
I know that the English language is changing, evolving, adding new words, and developing new meanings for old words. It is a living organism. Will I just end up like a failed villain, shaking my fist at the cosmos?
Advice? Join the Evil League of Evil now, grumbling and complaining, or stay as Libros, Princess of Pronouns, fighting the good fight for correct pronoun usage everywhere?
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