"Including me"


I have learned that #2 is grammatically wrong and never would be used from my teacher, but nowadays, I say 'why not?". I think that meanings of them are the same and the structures are okay to use, aren't they?


1) Five men, including me, love you

2) Including me, five men love you. 


Thank you so much. Have a good day.

asked Sep 07 '12 at 01:36 Hans Contributor

2 answers


To me, the first sentence sounds much better than the second one.

link comment answered Sep 07 '12 at 04:43 sanjay Expert

I am not entirely sure what might have been your teacher's concern with sentence #2.


The rules of grammar tell us to use the personal pronoun "I" when it is the subject of a sentence. We are to use "me" when it is the object. "Me" is not in the subject position in either sentence. No problems there.


The other choice is whether to use "myself" in sentence #2. But agian, we are told by the usage experts not to use myself reflexively when me fits.


So I don't think either is wrong. However, sentence #2 does not flow off the tongue as well as sentence #1.


Do you remember why your teach said #2 is wrong?

link answered Sep 07 '12 at 22:44 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

She just said, "It is grammatically wrong". Now I know she was wrong. No one is perfect, so I do not blame her. Thank you so much for your help and time, and efforts as usual.

HansSep 08 '12 at 00:56

She said that the reason it is not possible is that only subordinate conjunctions such as because, although, etc can be omitted, if participle phrases are put at front, but "and" is omitted in "including me", so it should not be put at front. Do you agree with it?

HansSep 08 '12 at 11:42

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