I mean seriously – did people forget what they learned in school? Or are they not teaching it anymore?
I’m specifically referring to the use of I and me. I read it in books, see it on television, face book and hear it constantly.
Do people really not know the proper use of pairing the two words with an and between them. Joe and I – Joe and me.
I seldom hear me anymore. It’s always and I.
I was taught if you weren't sure which to use, I or me, to simply leave off the first part – Joe and.
Pretty simple really. Joe and I went to the store – Leave off Joe and – I went to the store. Correct.
Come to the store with Joe and I – leave off Joe and – Come to the store with I??? Seriously, would anyone speak that way? Of course not, you’d say Come to the store with me. So obviously me is correct.
But that’s not what people are saying, or writing.
I watched a program the other night on the Hallmark Channel. They consistently used and I. Didn't matter that it was incorrect.
Is this what’s being taught in our schools today?
Is this the new language?
I know many publishers are doing away with commas. In fact, The Chicago Manual of Style has changed using a comma after and in a series. I’ll have bacon, eggs, and toast. Why? Apparently The Chicago Manual of Style has replaced The Elements of Style (Strunk and White) and that's what publishers use today.
I know sometimes commas are overused, especially in run on sentences. But there is a need for them. Commas indicate pause. I've read sentences more than once so they’d make sense, because of a lack of commas.
What is this world coming to?
Are people too lazy to speak and write properly? Aren't there enough editors knowledgeable about grammar to correct these errors?
Or do people think it sounds better to use and I?