between you and I

   John Simon called this "a grammatical error of unsurpassable grossness." It is perhaps enough to say that it is very common and it is always wrong. The rule is that the object of a preposition should always be in the accusative. More simply, we don't say "between you and I" for the same reason that we dont say "give that book to I" or "as Tom was saying to she only yesterday." A similar gaffe is seen here: "He leaves behind 79 astronauts, many young enough to be the children of he and the others" (Daily Mail). Make it "of him."

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  • Between you and me — Between Be*tween , prep. [OE. bytwene, bitweonen, AS. betwe[ o]nan, betwe[ o]num; prefix be by + a form fr. AS. tw[=a] two, akin to Goth. tweihnai two apiece. See {Twain}, and cf. {Atween}, {Betwixt}.] 1. In the space which separates; betwixt; as …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • between you and me — (slang ● between …   Useful english dictionary

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  • between you and me — This is a standard phrase, grammatically and idiomatically acceptable. It is overused, however, in situations in which a speaker or writer attempts to create an atmosphere of familiarity or shared secrets: Don t tell anyone, but just between you… …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • between you and me — British, American & Australian, British & Australian, humorous something that you say when you are going to tell someone something you do not want them to tell anyone else. Just between you and me, I don t think his work is quite up to standard.… …   New idioms dictionary

  • between you and I —  is always wrong. Make it between you and me. The object of a preposition should always be in the accusative. More simply, we don’t say between you and I for the same reason that we don’t say give that book to I …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • between you and me — (just) between you and me without telling anyone else. Between you and me, I think she made up the whole story about being robbed …   New idioms dictionary

  • between you and me — adverb In confidence, please keep secret. Between you and me, I think the boss is crazy. Syn: between ourselves …   Wiktionary

  • between you and me — ► between ourselves (or you and me) in confidence. Main Entry: ↑between …   English terms dictionary

  • between you and me — between the two of us, in truth, cross my heart …   English contemporary dictionary

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