"Between You and Me" Never "Between You and I" (Grammar Lesson)
The Quick AnswerBetween you and I might sound scholarly, but it is always wrong.
You must say between you and me.
Between you and I is wrong because the word I cannot be the object of a preposition. (NB: The word between is a preposition.)
"Between You and I" or "Between You and Me"?The term between you and I is always wrong.
Why is Between You and I Wrong?The word between is a preposition. A preposition sits before a noun or a pronoun to show its relationship to something else in the sentence. The noun or pronoun after a preposition is called the object of the preposition. The object of a preposition is always in the objective case. The word "I" is in the subjective case. Therefore, it cannot be the object of a preposition.
Use me not I after between.
- Between you and I, it's a farce.
- Between you and me, it's a farce.
Between You and I Is Always Wrong
Between you and I is always wrong.
Pronouns in the Subjective and Objective CasesHere is a list of the personal pronouns in their pure state (the subjective case) and their oblique state (the objective case).
|Subjective Case||Objective Case||I||Me||You||You||He / She / It||Him / Her / It||We||Us||You||You||They||Them||Who||Whom|
Just to reiterate, pronouns after prepositions must be in the objective case. You cannot keep them in the subjective case. Therefore, saying between you and I is as bad as saying with we, by they, or to she. (Obviously, these should be with us, by them, and to her.)