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26 March 2018
This relates to:Using stress pronouns in compound subjects and objects (unlike English) -
27 March 2018
Indeed, "John and me" is incorrect English, even though frequently heard in colloquial English. However, there does exist in English a kind of parallel to the French stress pronouns. Here is what I mean:
"Hey, you!" - "Who, me?" -- In this case "who, I" would be unnatural. In this case "I" is replaced by "me" which functions as a kind of stress pronoun for "I". This works for other persons as well:
I -- meyou -- youhe/she/it -- him/her/itwe -- usyou -- youthey -- them
It's curious, but in English the use of the stress pronouns also seems to depend on the position within the sentence:
"My brother and I are going out." -- correct."My brother and me are going out." -- incorrect."Me and my brother are going out." -- correct."I and my brother are going out." -- incorrect (or at least awkward).
So your question has more to do with English than with French.
-- Chris (not a native speaker).
21 August 2018
Chris, you would NEVER say "Me and my brother are going out". That is incorrect. The only way to say this is "My brother and I are going out". "I and my brother are going out" IS awkward but it's not incorrect.
23 August 2018
He's American. Any English linguists in that host?
My brother and I are subject pronoun(s), so when they are the subject, use I. My brother and me are object promoun(s). Use when they are the object.
"My brother and I walked down the street." Or "My brother and me walked down the street." ? Knockout "my brother" and see how it sounds. "I walked down the street." Or "Me walked down the street."
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