There’s something that has been bothering me greatly for the last few years. It seems to me that there is one grammar rule that seems to have slipped by a lot of otherwise literate, intelligent people: the “and I” vs. “and me” rule.
There seems to be this misapprehension that “and I” is always the correct form. Not so. Allow me to illustrate with the following examples.
Imagine you attended a pie eating contest. When regaling your friends and colleagues with this fascinating anecdote, you would probably say something to the effect of: “I went to a pie eating contest”. Now, let’s say that your friend, Glenn, accompanied you to the aforementioned pie eating contest. When you tell your story, you would say “Glenn and I went to a pie eating contest”. Pretty straightforward, yes?
Obviously, pie eating contests can get a bit out of control. So, let’s say that one of the contestants projectile vomited on you. How would you recount this incident? Probably by saying something like “a contestant vomited on me”. Does it not then follow that, if Glenn was with you and unlucky enough to also be in the line of vomit fire, you should say: “a contestant vomited on Glenn and me”? You would [hopefully] never say “a contestant vomited on I”, so why would you ever say “a contestant vomited on Glenn and I”?
I realise that there is an irony to the fact that I’ve probably made a whole bunch of grammatical errors in a post about grammar. I welcome any resources to refresh my knowledge of how to use commas appropriately. It is also worth noting that my understanding and use of the term ‘irony’ is questionable (blame it on Alanis).