Do we still have rules for English grammar? I don’t claim to be an expert on the subject, but when I hear supposedly educated individuals making grammatical blunders, it is almost like scraping a fingernail across a chalkboard.
For instance, the pronouns “I,” “she” and “he” were primarily used as subjects, and “me,” “her” and “him” as objects. So when a graduate of a prestigious university states on national television that “Me and her did it,” I wonder if she was sleeping during her English class, or if the rules of grammar have vanished.
Also irritating is the use of “I” as an object. It may sound more proper to say, “between you and I,” using “I” as an object of apreposition, which I continually hear from many educated individuals. But I recall from a basic 10th-grade English grammar text that “between you and me” was the correct usage, with “me” as the object and not “I.”
Do the rules still exist, or have we become so involved in technological advances that the (old?) rules of grammar no longer apply, and this is just another indication of our nation’s “educated” falling behind the other nations of the world?
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