me or I
October 5, 2006 2:36pm CST
what makes sense? Younger than I Younger than Me ???
• United States
15 Oct 06
To use 'me' or 'I' is always confusing to most people. According to my elements of grammar book it says the rule is that when it follows 'as' or 'than', it takes the form it would have if the sentence was actually completed. Example: He is younger than I (am.) The word am is what completes the sentence. By saying 'he is younger than I' is an incomplete sentence. Try it the same way using 'me': He is younger than me (am.) Doesn't fit right if you finish the sentence the whole way. Same thing with 'we' and 'us'...Example: The Blake family are better travelers than we (we are.) Yes, us, or me, might sound better in the above examples, but technically they are not correct because they're incomplete sentences. Geez, I even had to look it up to make sure, like I said everyone has trouble with it! It's no wonder why people say English is the hardest language to learn to speak.
19 Oct 06
It should be "younger than I am". But most of us shorten it and drop the "am". I know a lot of people say "younger than me" but then that's the state of the language nowadays. We all make lots of mistakes in daily use and the English language is slowly eroding away, what with the so-called internet-speak, sms-speak and whatnot. Whilst "my friends and I" would be the proper way, many of us choose to say "me and my friends" simply because it sounds better.
• Rothesay, New Brunswick
15 Oct 06
Younger than I is the proper way. But most of us use slang instead of proper english, anyway. It goes the same as ain't there really is no such word but we all use it. We say what sounds better to us...it doesn't mean it's proper