Post by Rajesh Valluri AKA Raj on Jun 19, 2008 3:23:20 GMT
A little while ago, a young kid was telling about her friends at school that always correct her English. Apparently, whenever she says "we", they suggest that she should be using "you and I". For instance, she says "we should grab something to eat", and they say "You and I should grab something to eat". I thought "you and I" is a statement of the obvious, as "we" in this case conveys the same meaning. However, I'd like to know what the learned in this forum have to say about this matter. Thanks in advance.
For instance, she says "we should grab something to eat", and they say "You and I should grab something to eat".
If two people are standing together talking as you say, certainly to me we and you and I have the same meaning. If there are three people standing together, would the corrector have one of them say you, you, and I? And four? At what point does a we become acceptable to the corrector?
The corrector could be hypercorrecting or misapplying a "rule" that they learned.
An impression I can get from the you and I version is separateness: You and I should grab something to eat--you go to McDonald's and I'll go to Burger King. We gives more of a feeling of togetherness.