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May 14 2010   2:22PM GMT

Between you and I or between you and me?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Which is correct?
Between you and ___ claims of openness seem to suggest that there’s something to hide.
a. I,
b. me,

Answer: b.

Between is a preposition and words following a preposition are in the objective case. Here are some examples: beside me, over him, to her. You’d never say “beside I,” “over he” or “to she.” I know you wouldn’t! Between you and me is a little trickier but it works the same way.

Between you and I is never correct, not even at the start of a sentence, because it’s still in the objective case.

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