In English: We use subject pronouns, really? Didn't know that.

CrystalMaiden

Kwiziq community member

21 April 2018

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In English: We use subject pronouns, really? Didn't know that.

My daughter and they play together.

I thought it was, " them, " not, " they, " in English. I'm confused. I'd use Hugo and them, never Hugo and they. Huh?

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Using stress pronouns in compound subjects and objects (unlike English) -

Chris

Kwiziq community member

21 April 2018

21/04/18

Yes, you are correct. That's as close as you can come to a stress pronoun in English.


My brother and me -- Mon frère et moi.
My brother and I (sounds a bit stilted) -- Mon frère and je (plain wrong).


-- Chris (not a native speaker).

Jamie

Kwiziq community member

23 August 2018

23/08/18

The reality is that in spoken English and in all but the most formal written English, we DO say "John and me went to the store." People say that it's not logical to do so, because "me" is acting as a subject. But no language except for an artifical one is perfectly logical like that. John McWhorter talks about this a lot in his books on English; he discusses "John and me" in "Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue," among others.

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