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Chris Berman of ESPN became another victim of Nominative Case over-usage during his recap of the Baltimore / New England football game. Referring to the Patriots owner Robert Kraft, he said

“…It’s been an emotional year for he and his family…”

No, Chris, it’s been an emotional year for him and his family. You don’t think so? Read this mission:

This blog fights to preserve and defend the dative, accusative, and ablative cases inherent in the English language. This is because in the last 20 years otherwise educated people have feared that use of these cases makes them sound stupid, but they have it exactly backwards. While it is incorrect and stupid-sounding to say “Me and him threw the ball to each other”, it is also incorrect and uneducated to say “Dad threw the ball to he and I”. The correct construction is “Dad threw the ball to him and me”.

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Sasoc fights to preserve and defend the dative, accusative, and ablative cases inherent in the English language. This is because in the last 20 years otherwise educated people have feared that use of these cases makes them sound stupid, but they have it exactly backwards. While it is incorrect and stupid-sounding to say “Me and him threw the ball to each other”, it is also true that it is completely correct to say that “Dad threw the ball to him and me”. These days, the latter sentence becomes “Dad threw the ball to he and I”, which educated types say proudly, and wrongly.

Last week on a well-listened to national sports radio show, Tony Dungy, formerly of Indianapolis Colts coaching fame, had this to say about expectations for him and Rodney Harrison in their upcoming sophomore season of television broadcasting:

…I’m looking for good things from Rodney and I tonight…

No, Tony, that would be “from Rodney and me“, which is the ablative case.

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Sasoc fights to preserve and defend the dative, accusative, and ablative cases inherent in the English language. This is because in the last 20 years otherwise educated people have feared that use of these cases makes them sound stupid, but they have it exactly backwards. While it is incorrect and stupid-sounding to say “Me and him threw the ball to each other”, it is also true that it is completely correct to say that “Dad threw the ball to him and me”. These days, the latter sentence becomes “Dad threw the ball to he and I”, which educated types say proudly, and wrongly.

Over the weekend on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight, the host Karl Ravech said the following:

…Dustin Pedroia is going to join Bobby Valentine and I…

No, Karl, that would be “Bobby Valentine and me…“, as in “join us”, not “join we”.

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Sasoc fights to preserve and defend the dative, accusative, and ablative cases inherent in the English language. This is because in the last 20 years otherwise educated people have feared that use of these cases makes them sound stupid, but they have it exactly backwards. While it is true that saying “Me and him threw the ball to each other” is incorrect and stupid-sounding and no one should ever say it, it is also true that it is completely correct to say that “Dad threw the ball to him and me”. These days, the latter sentence becomes “Dad threw the ball to he and I”, which educated types say proudly, and wrongly.

On a well-listed to radio show yesterday,  Jim Gray said the following about the order of broadcasting during the LeBron James 1-hour tv special during which he announced his NBA team choice:

“…and then they’ll throw it out to LeBron and I…”

No,  that would be “..throw it out to LeBron and me…”, or the Dative case.

Later, in an incorrect reversal, he said

“…It’ll be LeBron and me and no one else…”

No, that would be “…LeBron and I”, or the Nominative case.

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Clausen

Jimmy Clausen, quarterback of Notre Dame, is about to be drafted by the NFL and had this to say on a well-listened to national sports radio program:

“….it’s just an exciting time for my family and I…”

I’m sure it is, Jimmy, but now that you’re college edumacated, the proper phrase would be “…for my family and me…”

The Sword demands that those in the media help to restore the Dative case and end the misguided supremacy of the Nominative case.

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