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I have a friend who is a teacher... she believes the following sentence is correct:


My parents gave that game to my sister and I for Christmas.



I say, no way!  Thoughts...

Me vs I asked May 30 '13 at 21:09 Eric New member

It would be correct if it was written as My sister and I got that game from our parents for Christmas. Always read the sentence with the pronoun I or me by itself to see if it makes sense.

Stacey DavisMay 30 '13 at 21:47

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You're right: no way! It should be:


My parents gave that game to my sister and me for Christmas.


"To" is a preposition, and the objects of the preposition are "my sister" and "me." To make it clearer to your friend, tell her that you'd never say, "My parents game that game to I for Christmas." The same rule applies.

link answered May 30 '13 at 21:38 Actually Holly Expert

That is exactly what I told her... she disagrees! LOL

EricMay 30 '13 at 21:42

Maybe showing her this will help:

Actually HollyMay 30 '13 at 21:52

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Oh dear - if a teacher confuses subject and object... You can also do it this way - replace 'my sister' with a preposition: would it be 'she' or 'her'. Obviously, 'her' is correct (object). Now why would 'I' (subject) be correct, especially since it's connected to 'my sister' with 'and' - what goes before 'and' goes after 'and': object + object. However, the simple grammar has already been pointed out: 'to' is a preposition, and thus it takes a direct OBJECT. No two ways about this one!

link comment answered May 31 '13 at 02:03 Ahmad Barnard Expert

What??? I don't believe the answer I see from Mignon. Forget it!


The problem is one that's epidemic now in English, namely, confusion between the use of the subject and object form of the first person pronoun (I) in a phrase like the one you've written here. The correct form to use is ME, not "I." My parents gave that game to my sister and me for Christmas.


If you break it down, you'll see how outrageously ungrammatical your original form is:

- My parents gave that game to my sister for Christmas.

- My parents gave that game to I for Christmas.  (See how obvious it is that "I" is wrong here?)


So if you put them together, it's to my sister and ME.

link answered May 30 '13 at 21:38 Richard Firsten Contributor

Yes... I completely agree with your analysis. Nice to have confirmation...

EricMay 30 '13 at 21:43

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Im sorry, I thought this was an answer and question kind of thing. I didn't realize it was a "if you do not agree you belittle the person" blog.

link comment answered Jun 04 '13 at 03:23 Mignon New member

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