Monday, December 21, 2020

And Me? And I? The BEST Explanation for This

This handy-dandy little trick ranks right up there with using your knuckles to know how many days are in each month.

The reason why July and August both have 31 days is because of Augustus Caesar's jealousy of the fame of his uncle Julius Caesar. He wanted a month named after him too (good bye Quintilis and Sextilis, hello July and August) AND no way was it going to be shorter! So Augustus removed a day from February, which was already running short because of the leap year thing. Poor February!


The Story of Clocks and Calendars

by Betsy Maestro


So, now for a great Grammar trick. I often hear children and adults say things like "Julia and me went to the store."

To know which is correct (and me? and I?) simply remove the other person. Would you say "Me went to the store?" NO! So if it is wrong with the other person taken out, it is wrong with the other person added in. This is far easier than asking whether you are the subject or the object of the sentence.


SENTENCE:
She gave the presents to Zac and me.

CHECK:
She gave the presents to me. Correct!


SENTENCE:
Tommy and me are going to the movies.

CHECK:
Me is going to the movies. Incorrect!
Tommy and I are going to the movies.


SENTENCE:
Please give those maps to Nancy and I.

CHECK:
Please give those maps to I. Incorrect!
Please give those maps to Nancy and me.


SENTENCE:
You'll never guess what happened to Damian and me down at the lake this afternoon!

CHECK:
You'll never guess what happened to me down at the lake this afternoon! Correct!


SENTENCE:
Do you know if the birthday cake at the party is gluten free, because Suzanne and me are both allergic.

CHECK:
Do you know if the birthday cake at the party is gluten free, because me is allergic. Incorrect!
Do you know if the birthday cake at the party is gluten free, because Suzanne and I are both allergic.


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