🔤 Grammar Tip: Between You and (I or Me?)

I vs. Me
One of my biggest grammar pet peeves is when people use “I” when they should use “me.” … My favorite is when people let you in on something by starting with “Between you and I…” Wrong, wrong, wrong.  
Grammar hack: Use subjective form (I, you, he, she, it, we, you, they) if the person is the subject of the verb: She and I ate lunch. You and he left on time.
Use objective form (me, you, him, her, it, us, you, them) if the person comes after a preposition: Between you and me, it’s curtains for her and them.



🔤Grammar Tip: Flipping a Positive Comment to a Negative

Three little letters — not — turn a positive comment (“I like your boots”) to a negative one (“I do not like your boots”). Apart from the fashion critique, what do you notice about the negative statement? The verb changes from like to do like. You need that extra part because “I not like” isn’t proper English. Negative verbs don’t always rely on a form of the verb do. Sometimes have, has, or had does the job. Sentences with a be verb can turn negative without any help at all. ~ Geraldine Woods


Grammar Tip: Watch Out for the Trickster Phrase

Do not be misled by a phrase that comes between the subject and the verb. The verb agrees with the subject, not with a noun or pronoun in the phrase.

One of the boxes is open.

The people who listen to that music are few.

The team captain, as well as his players, is anxious.

The book, including all the chapters in the first section, is boring.

The woman with all the dogs walks down my street.


Grammar Tip: Don’t & Doesn’t. They Don’t Mix

Doesn’t is a contraction of does not and should be used only with a singular subject. Don’t is a contraction of do not and should be used only with a plural subject. The exception to this rule appears in the case of the first person and second person pronouns I and you. With these pronouns, the contraction don’t should be used. He doesn’t like it. They don’t like it.