Which is correct, "you and I combined" or "you and me combined"? as in:
Bob and I combined had 91 points
The "combined" confuses me.
In the original sentence, "Bob and I combined had 91 points", combined isn't the main verb. You could rewrite the sentence and still maintain its meaning by saying:
Together, Bob and I had 91 points.
The combined is serving more as a qualifier of the subject "Bob and I" rather than as a verb. It could be described as a participle, which shares characteristics of both verbs and adjectives.
So in this case, "Bob and I combined" is correct.
I would have said, "Bob and I had 91 points, combined." Combined is used to distinguish 91 total points from "Bob and I have 91 points each." (A comment about the compound subject: Informally, people might say, Bob and me or even Me and Bob in that sentence. You and I is correct as a subject, you and me is correct as an object.)
Its simple, would you say?
Me had 91 points.
I had 91 points.
The use of
combined is irrelavent. In this case
me is wrong,
I is right.
You may insert any length of description between
had and as long as you add no other verb than
I will always be right. No description of unity, togetherness or combination can change that.