Dan asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 7 years ago

Which phrase is correct grammatically?

"You said it, not I."

or

"You said it, not me."

(Tell me which one is correct grammatically.)

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  • Anonymous
    7 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.

    See:

    * 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...

    =quote=

    ... 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...

    =unquote=

  • Dave
    Lv 7
    7 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 7
    7 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

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