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Recently, at McCain's funeral Obama said:

"After all, what better way to have the last laugh than to make George and I say nice things about him to a national audience."

Is it "George and I" or "George and me"?

marked as duplicate by Mari-Lou A, tchrist Sep 2 '18 at 13:40

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The simple way to figure this out is, as Michael said in a comment to another answer, to drop the first part of the combination:

Would it be

After all, what better way to have the last laugh than to make I say nice things about him to a national audience.


After all, what better way to have the last laugh than to make me say nice things about him to a national audience.

This makes it obvious that Obama made a mistake. And that may seem strange, since he is not only a native speaker of English, but he is quite an accomplished user of the language, and an example to many.

So why would he make such a mistake? I think what's going on is a phenomenon called hypercorrection. For quite a while, speakers used to use me in sentences like the one in this question, even when it should be I, resulting in sentences like

*George and me are off to the super market.
*Paul and me failed our exam.

Teachers and other people who insisted that I should be used in these sentences seem to have managed to convince people that the use of me is always wrong, resulting in people overcorrecting and using *he gave John an I a present.

  • Hasn't this question been asked a zillion times already on this site. Do we want to spread good answers among several duplicate questions, or keep them together under one roof? – Mari-Lou A Sep 2 '18 at 12:26

Needn't go into nominative/accusative case analysis - the simple test shown is the right one: "Make George say nice things - make me say nice things; make George and me say nice things."

Could've been the modern, and even uglier, "Make George and myself say nice things."

Omarosa had this same issue on a recorded TV program recently. I think the network should have given her an opportunity to correct this, as young people have fewer examples of correct usage.


It will be George and me.

It would be George and I if it was- George and I do this.

But in this case it is- Someone/something make George and me to do this.

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    Simple method to decide: take out 'George and' - is it 'make me say nice things' or 'make I say nice things'? – Michael Harvey Sep 2 '18 at 11:25
  • You cannot say "make George and me TO do this" because the to is ungrammatical there. Also, please do not use code markup on ELU. That isn't computer code: it's text used as a mention. Those are best set in italic. – tchrist Sep 2 '18 at 13:38

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