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Which is correct, “you and I” or “you and me”?
“Me and my wife” or “my wife and me”

Is this sentence correct "All I need is you and I " ?? since "All I need is I" seems not proper here whereas "All I need is you" does.

  • All I need is me, though grammatical, is a very odd thing to say. You might want to rephrase, though it's difficult to say without context. Mar 26, 2012 at 13:11
  • I've been pondering upon a lyrics of a song named "without you" by Usher,I hope you've heard it already,but anyways,there is a part of sentence where "All I Need is you and I, without you" is used .so,is this sentence correct here?? Mar 26, 2012 at 13:27
  • When I said 'poets might be drawn' this kind of usage, I didn't have Usher in mind...
    – hohner
    Mar 26, 2012 at 13:30
  • lol..alright..thanks a lot anyways...I'll keep it in mind regarding the usage of You and I. Mar 26, 2012 at 13:37
  • Anything goes with poetry and lyrics.
    – Mitch
    Mar 26, 2012 at 13:57

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Although it's correct, as Tim has pointed out, it's also very unnatural. Poets might be drawn to it because it's a playful repetition which gets us to focus on the meaning.

When you use I, you're usually employing it in the nominative case because I is the subject of the sentence:

I kicked the ball

I walked to the shops

I am a keen cook

but when you use me you're generally using it in the accusative case because I is now the object of the sentence:

The star amazed me

Everything seems fine to me

Mary kicked me in the leg

  • oh thank you Jamie ,you clarified all my doubts :) Mar 26, 2012 at 13:28
  • Trouble is, there's no evidence that "nominative" and "accusative" are meaningful categories in English.
    – Colin Fine
    Mar 27, 2012 at 0:22

The sentence is incorrect. You can think of is as a sort of equal sign, where you can put the subject as a predicate nominative and vice-versa and the sentence will be correct. Breaking it down, then, the subject, predicate, and predicate nominative are:

All I need is you and me.
all | is / you and I
you and I | is / all (reversed subject/predicate nominative)

It should be (you could substitute we for you and I, if that helps to understand a bit better):

All I need are you and I.
all | are / you and I
you and I / are | all (reversed subject/predicate nominative)

With a single nominative, it should read:

All I need am I.
all | am / I
I | am / all (reversed subject/predicate nominative)

  • "Is" does not just function as an equal sign, and you can't just reverse the word order and get another valid sentence. Consider that "I am he" is correct, but *"He am I" is wrong, and "It is they" is correct, but *"they is it" is wrong. The form of "to be" agrees only with the noun phrase that acts as a subject; in this case, that is "all I need", and the grammatical number of "you and me/I" is irrelevant.
    – herisson
    Jan 13, 2017 at 8:05

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