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

When the phrase is used as an object, why so many native speakers are saying "you and I" instead of "you and me"? I'm not a native speaker but I thought "you and me" is correct. Not sure if this falls ...
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When do I use “I” instead of “me?”

From some comments in the answers for common English usage mistakes (now deleted, 10k only), there's confusion around the usage of I vs. me: While the sentence, "the other attendees are myself and ...
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I <verb> and am <rest of sentence>

I sometimes find myself writing something like this: XXX is a project I admire and am very interested in. The "I <verb> and am <something>" feels strange here. It somehow sounds more ...
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What great writers have used coordinating conjunctions at the start of sentences?

I had a discussion today with a friend over the validity of using (coordinating, correlative) conjunctions like but or and at the start of sentences. His position was that it breaks a rule of grammar....
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Why is it “ladies and gentlemen” instead of “gentlemen and ladies”? [duplicate]

Is there a specific reason for this? After all, it is "boys and girls", rather than "girls and boys". If the boy (male) comes first here, why doesn't it come first in "ladies and gentlemen"?
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“Nikki's and Alice's X” vs. “Nikki and Alice's X”

Which option is grammatical? There will be readings from Nikki Giovanni’s and Alice Walker’s writings. There will be readings from Nikki Giovanni and Alice Walker's writings. Saying it out ...
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“Bob and us” or “Bob and we” or “Bob and ourselves”?

In the singular, it is quite clear that one uses "I" when referring to a third party and oneself, as in: Bob and I are going to build an aircraft. However, in the plural, it is a lot less clear. ...
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Singular or plural following a list

Can anyone tell me if I should use inspire or inspires in this phrase? An extraordinary leader whose vision, values, integrity and boundless curiosity inspires all who follow in his footsteps.
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“The X and (the) Y”: When should I repeat the definite article?

I am a bit confused about the rule of setting the definite article in a sentence when it is associated to two nouns. The beginning and end of the channel. The beginning and the end of the ...
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Does order matter when writing a sentence including aunt and uncle?

While I was translating the sentence "Mi tío y mi tía estaban caminando en esa calle cuando vieron tu coche," on DuoLingo, I got dinged for translating the sentence to "My aunt and uncle were walking ...
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“Mom and Dad” vs “Dad and Mom” [duplicate]

I'm curious if the order implies anything here. I'm pretty sure "Mom and Dad" is standard in English. The issue was hard for me to google, so I'm asking it here: Is using "Dad" before "Mom" incorrect,...
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Each apple and each orange [has/have]? [duplicate]

For a phrase such as the following: each apple and each orange Is it correct to use "has" or "have" when describing properties of both apples and oranges?
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“your and Mr X's publication” vs. “you and Mr X's publication”

I came across your and Mr X's publication or I came across you and Mr X's publication
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Comma after a coordinating conjunction preceding a parenthetical at the start of the sentence

Although similar questions have been asked before, I am still not clear as to official or, at the very least, preferred position from punctuation rules point of view on comma after coordinating ...
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What form of the verb is used with compound subjects containing “or”?

We always get work done, regardless of what mood Bill or I is/am/are in. Which form of 'be' would be used here?
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“Alex and I” vs. “me and Alex” [duplicate]

Is it improper to say "me and Person X"? I always hear it said as "Person X and I", but have personally learned to say "me and Person X". Is there a difference between the two versions and is one of ...
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Is it “John or Mary's house” or “John's or Mary's house”?

I understand that if John and Mary own a house together, it is John and Mary's house. If they jointly owned multiple houses, they would be John and Mary's houses. I also understand that if John and ...
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Is it: My apples and orange are/is wrong?

Simple question: My apples and orange are wrong or My apples and orange is wrong I am not a native English speaker, and I am having some trouble choosing between plural are or singular is for ...
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Coordinative ellipsis with not and unparellel structure

I worked and did not play. I worked and not played. ? For some reason, when the ellipsis is used after the simple past form of the verb with no "to be" used before it, it just sounds weird to me....
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Between you and (“me” or “I”)? [duplicate]

Is it correct to say "between you and me" or "between you and I"? I am not a native English speaker, so please bear with me.
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Name for a type of idiom with two things joined (like “raining cats and dogs”, “bread and butter”)

I had heard, a number of years ago, that there is a name for an type of idiomatic expression in which two things are joined to refer to one thing. An example of this would be “raining cats and dogs”. ...
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Verb agreement in “Where is the Messiah and his Kingdom?”

Where is the Messiah and his Kingdom? I think it should be "Where are the Messiah and his kingdom"; it just sounds better! But my friends and even a teacher claim that "is" would be correct.
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Plenty of time, space, and money is needed or are needed?

Plenty of time, space, and money is/are needed This was part of a question on indefinite pronouns. The textbook said are was the correct answer, but I still feel I would say is. I was wondering if ...
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Can “then” be used as a coordinating conjunction?

Can the word "then" be used as a coordinating conjunction? I am confused, because the word seems as if it works as a coordinating conjunction, but I did not see it is classified so. The Cambridge ...
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Singular verb after two noun phrases joined by “and” that can be thought of as a single thing

I am having trouble with the following sentence: "The complexity and diversity of the new platforms is worrying us." If "complexity" and "diversity" constitute two subjects, then the verb should ...
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If a noun phrase is made of two noun-like words that conjugate differently, then which conjugation do you use? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “Neither Michael nor Albert is correct” or “Neither Michael nor Albert are correct”? Is “either you or [third-person]” followed by a ...
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“He was neither seer nor prophet” How would you explain the absence of an article?

Here's a fragment from Jack London's Star Rover: Wordsworth knew. He was neither seer nor prophet, but just ordinary man like you or any man. What he knew you know, any man knows. But he most aptly ...
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Duplicate auxiliary verbs in a sentence?

What is a general rule for use of auxiliary verbs in sentence? Should we duplicate it or not? For instance, It is available for every item and (is) used with . . .
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What is the name of the clause stating that the expected result did not follow the cause stated in the main clause?

What is the name of the clause stating that the expected result did not follow the cause stated in the main clause? "He did not succeed although he worked hard." concessive clause (1st clause = ...
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comma with phrases that use “yet”

I am using a sentence of the following form in a formal document. This paper shows strong, yet very circuitous, analysis. The sentence is expected to express that the analysis is strong but ...
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Number agreement of a noun with several adjectives

If there are several adjectives referring to different instances of the same noun, should the noun be plural? For example, which of the following is correct? The first, second, fifth and eighth ...
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Coordination in “both…and”

Here's one sentence from "The grammar book. An ESL/EFL teachers course by Celce-Murcia and Larcen Freeman. In some preliminary research Bergsnev(1976) has shown that abstract nouns derived from ...
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'is' or 'are' in lists of counted nouns [duplicate]

Which of the following is correct? Does the is/are depend on the total number of things in the list, or only on the thing immediately following the is/are? There is 1 apple and 1 orange available. ...
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What is the conceptual distinction between coordinating conjunctions and subordinating conjunctions?

While it is easy enough to identify coordinating and subordinating conjunctions by memorizing lists of them, the actual distinction seems arbitrary. Coordinating conjunctions are said to join (among ...
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On the verb form in the first clause of constructions using “and” to connect action and consequence

Consider the following: You do this one more time and I'll slap you. What form is "do"? I'd like to say it is the bare infinitive (see below), but I'm led to believe that it is the present ...
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.. or .. which … - does the which apply to both options?

Hi I'm not sure of the exact meaning of this sentence: You may not engage in private practice or be connected with any outside business which would interfere with the performance of official duties. ...
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“not only… but also…” in questions? [duplicate]

Here is a multiple-choice question: _____ not only I but also he going to Paris? A. Am B. Is C. Are D. Be Which choice is correct?
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Coordinating conjunction and subordinating conjunction

The joining-comma rule mentions that two complete clauses may be joined with a comma if the clauses are short or the comma is followed by a coordinating conjunction. So, I suppose that I should write ...
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“Attached {is/are} X, Y and Z.” If X, Y and Z are all singular, is it correct to use “is” here?

Which is correct? Attached are our compensation plan, an independent contract agreement, and a W9. Attached is our compensation plan, an independent contract agreement, and a W9. I thought because ...
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Can the coordinating conjunction 'yet' follow a subordinating conjunction?

Is it grammatically permissible by the rules of Standard English for the coordinating conjunction ‘yet’ to follow a subordinating conjunction? For example, take the sentence: Although it is early, ...
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Why is “each row and each column” followed by a singular verb in this sentence?

I am reading a book that contains the following text. A square matrix P is said to be a permutation matrix if each row and each column of P contains a single element 1, and the remaining elements ...
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“production and incorporation of X as Y 'have' or 'has' been widespread”? [closed]

Which word is appropriate to use in the following sentence, have or has? Production and incorporation of the polymeric materials as modern materials in the civil engineering [have or has] been ...
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Would pronouns be objective or subjective in this sentence?

Sentence: John's entire plan was nothing more than him/he and me/I walking by his neighbors' houses armed with twenty-eight inches of potentially bone-crushing sports equipment. Should I use "...
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Do compound subjects like “everyone … and everyone…” take singular or plural verb agreement?

Here are the examples of compound subjects: Everything on the bed and everything in the closet was organised in under an hour. Everybody who witnessed the shooting and everybody in the room ...
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Mixed person subjects and verb agreement

Please consider this sentence. "Not for as long as I or Patricia Smith live will you be allowed to forget that." In this sentence, I've chosen to write live as I believe it is more correct as it ...
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“I was late, and so I got fired.” Can we use two conjunctions in a row?

Is it incorrect to use "and so" to link an antecedent and a consequent, when "so" alone would do it? Note: there is an existing question with a similar title (Use of “ and so”) in the EL&U ...
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“me, him and Clara” [duplicate]

My friend is starting to write a small book. She wanted me to check the grammar so she can be sure about it. She has a sentence that goes, "me, him and Clara started hanging out in middle school." The ...
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Can I connect an adjective with a noun using “and”?

Is the following sentence grammatically correct? "Gandalf is a wizard and brave" Each of "Gandalf is a wizard" and "Gandalf is brave" sound OK, but connecting the noun and adjective descriptions of ...
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How can “for” be classed as a coördinating conjunction in the following instances?

How can for be classed as a coördinating conjunction in the following instances? I cannot give you any money, for I have none. He deserved to succeed, for he worked hard. Blessed are the merciful, ...
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Correct or not: noun and adjective being predicative together

I'm thinking about such a sentence: He is a lawyer, arrogant and smart. or He is an idiot, arrogant and short-sighted. Please note that here I just want to list the noun and the ...