Writing Question

<p>Pg. 784 #28 in the Blue Book</p>

<li>is the part that's underlined</li>

<p>Between the sales manager <em>and I</em> <em>existed</em> <em>an easy</em>, cooperative working relationship; <em>neither of us</em> hesitated to discuss problems.</p>

<p>The answer is "and I." Is it supposed to be "and myself"?</p>

<p>Supposed to be "and me".</p>

<p>Sounds counter-intuitive, right?</p>

<p>Well, break it down.</p>

<p>"Between the sales manager and __" is a prepostional phrase. A pronoun functioning as an object of a preposition needs to be in the objective case (me), instead of the nominative case (I).</p>

<p>However, there is the question of why that seems to be functioning as the subject...</p>

<p>Shouldn't the sentence be, "Between the sales manager and me, there existed...", in which the prepositional phrase acts as an introductory element, and "there" is the subject?</p>

<p>Is it meant to be an implied subject, then?</p>

<p>in the barrons SAT II writing, when the subject is after a preposition (in this case between), the subject should be me or myself, instead of I.</p>

<p>It can't be "myself" - "myself" is reflexive, and there's nothing in the sentence to refer back to. The prepositional phrase takes the place of the subject (or there is an implied subject), and since that makes the pronoun necessary of the objective case, it has to be "me".</p>

<p>Thank you so much for clearing that up for me, Prescited Entity & Delirious Tree. =] [I'm not so good with grammar, thank god my teacher gave me some grammar books.]</p>

<p>What grammar books do you study from?</p>

<p>My teacher gave me "When Bad Grammar Happens to Good People" by Ann Batko and "English Composition and Grammar" [Third course] by John E. Warriner. I also have Barron's How to Prepare for the SAT which has a list of idiomatic expressions, so that helps.</p>