Which phrase is correct grammatically?
"You said it, not I."
"You said it, not me."
(Tell me which one is correct grammatically.)
- Anonymous7 years ago
They're both 100% grammatically correct, but differ in style.
"... not me." is normal/informal style.
"... not I." is formal style.
As I said, they're both correct. It's a matter of 'register' - appropriate style for circumstances. Use informal style in a formal situation, and you'll be thought impolite; use formal style in an informal situation, and you'll be thought a pompous twit.
* Normal and Formal, Chronicle of Higher Education http://chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2012/01/18...
* Formal language isn’t the ideal / Motivated Grammar http://motivatedgrammar.wordpress.com/2012/06/21/f...
... informal Standard English sentences ... aren't non-standard, and they aren't inferior to the formal counterparts ...
- Pullum & Huddleston, A Student's Introduction to English Grammar (2005) http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=qlxDqB4ldx4C&pg...
- DaveLv 77 years ago
You said it, not I -- is grammatically correct. [And the proof is how RE rephrased it. -- those are the missing parts that make it grammatically correct.]
You said it, not me -- is 'accepted' (there's a difference!) in everyday, very colloquial speech. ...Source(s): native AmE
- ?Lv 77 years ago
You said it, not I.
It could be rephrased as:
You said it. I didn't [say it],
- 7 years ago
"You said it, not me"
I think in old English, it might be "You said it, not I", but IDK, lol