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Buck's English: Is it 'I,' or is it 'me'?

Buck’s English
By Gene Owens Modified: May 2, 2014 at 5:55 pm •  Published: May 4, 2014

The reference work observes: “Purists and perfectionists in language carefully say, ‘It is I’ and ‘It is he.’ These forms, however, strike many ears today as needlessly stilted and affected.”

So your choice of “I” or “me” will depend on whether you want to sound like regular folks or like a super-correct intellectual. The English language is pretty forgiving of writers and speakers who take the colloquial route, and there’s no grammar court to send you to jail for it and no inquisition to send you to hell.

“If you hear ‘It is I,’” said Gopher, “you’ll know it ain’t me.”

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