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I or Me: Fixing Subject vs Object Errors

GMAT Sentence Correction Object vs Subject
The question of using I or “Me” - the subject or the object has bemused even the best of the writers. The Authors of classic literature have made this mistake while other modern day writers have unknowingly mixed it up. Luckily, there is an easy way to check the rule, and spot errors in GMAT Sentence Correction.

Are you going to watch the IPL with her and I?

If the sentence sounds awkward, you are on to something.

Isn’t the sentence correct?

The subject here is my friend and I - both are addressed in the subject form “You” & “I”, but why does the sentence sound iffy?

For the native English speaking test taker, the error is obvious; “I” should be replaced with “me”

Correct: Are you going to watch the IPL with her and me?

Those who are yet to be convinced with the usage of “me” over “I,” follow the “Split the And” Rule.

Split the And Rule

With this rule, the sentence is split just before ‘and’ and rephrased with one subject or object.

The sentence Are you going to watch the IPL with her and I? becomes:

And Split 1: Are you going to watch the IPL with her?

Now rephrase the sentence, ignore the subject/object before ‘and’, and include the subject/object after ‘and’.

Are you going to watch the IPL with I?

Now it sounds dubious.

And Split 2: Are you going to watch the IPL with me? (Correct)

Applying Split the And Rule: And Split 1 + And Split 2

Correct Usage: Are you going to watch the IPL with her and me?

Bonus: If you are wondering why we are using “her” before “me” the convention in English Grammar requires us to refer the third party before referring ourself.

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