Discussion Forum

Please consider registering
guest

Log In Register

Register | Lost password?
Advanced Search

— Forum Scope —

  

— Match —

   

— Forum Options —

   

Wildcard usage:
*  matches any number of characters    %  matches exactly one character

Minimum search word length is 4 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters

Topic RSS
I/me (again?!)
Even grand master vacillates
Topic Rating: 0 (0 votes) 
2013/09/22
5:07am
RobertB
Member
Forum Posts: 427
Member Since:
2012/02/20
Offline

http://www.charlierose.com/watch/60268556

15':25" into this clip (the one titled 'The Federal Reserve'), Charlie Rose said 'you know better than I,'   and then quickly said again: '… better than me.'

He seems to not as much correct himself as attempt to cover both sides of the fence.

It is remarkable that someone like him, grand master of the language if there is one, conversing with assorted more or less competent practitioners, still feels uncertain, and feels enough urge to even take a second to switch sides.  Remarkable, for nothing, but remarkable!

 

2013/09/22
3:23pm
Ron Draney
Member
Forum Posts: 621
Member Since:
2009/03/06
Offline
2
0

Worst part of this is that he was right the first time, and "corrected" himself with an error.

Quick refresher on "I/me" in comparisons:

She likes John better than I. – means that I don't care much for John, but she has a higher opinion of him.
She likes John better than me. – means that if she had to choose between John and me, I'm getting left out in the cold.

2013/09/22
9:02pm
tromboniator
Alaska
Member
Forum Posts: 373
Member Since:
2009/08/18
Offline

In other words:

She likes John better than I (do).
She likes John better than (she likes) me.

 

Edit:

Actually, I suppose it's She likes John better than I (like John).

but:

You know better than I (know).

You know (what?) better than (you know) me (?).

I can't make sense of it using me.

 

2013/09/23
7:45am
RobertB
Member
Forum Posts: 427
Member Since:
2012/02/20
Offline

So, Charlie seemed to have momentarily decided that proper grammar was not a good thing in real life.   He wanted to show sympathy with opposing sides.   But he really should not cater that way, not with grammar.

2013/09/23
11:14pm
tromboniator
Alaska
Member
Forum Posts: 373
Member Since:
2009/08/18
Offline
5
0

I know nothing about Charlie, but it sounds as if he would have been better off making a choice, one way or the other, and sticking with it. 

Forum Timezone: America/Los_Angeles

Most Users Ever Online: 1147

Currently Online:
7 Guest(s)

Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)

Top Posters:

Heimhenge: 751

Bob Bridges: 676

Ron Draney: 621

RobertB: 427

tromboniator: 373

Robert: 362

Dick: 355

samaphore: 319

dilettante: 287

Raffee: 238

Member Stats:

Guest Posters: 605

Members: 3000

Moderators: 1

Admins: 5

Forum Stats:

Groups: 1

Forums: 1

Topics: 3098

Posts: 16304

Newest Members: Gilliflower, jodymask, ernestomalley, SnorePhat, vernal, ToddThompson, niamhk, JeremyAxe, NDpendent, EdnorAndrewRowe

Moderators: Grant Barrett (1420)

Administrators: Martha Barnette (828), Grant Barrett (1420), EmmettRedd (620), Glenn (1583), timfelten (0)