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To jlr:

jlr asks: "Correct me if I’m wrong, but don’t we replace the entire “she could entertain” part with “her” as in her way of entertaining or her ability to entertain. Then you cannot compare the two sentences."

Consider yourself corrected. No, we do not replace the entire phrase 'She could entertain' part with 'Her'. If someone asked you, 'Who could entertain?', would you reply, 'Her could!' No, you would say, 'She could!' Would you say 'Her could entertain'? I don't think so.

To Oleg:
Oleg writes: In Russia we use IT IS ME more often than IT IS I

Hmmmm. In Russia, would you not more often use "??? - ?"? (ROTF,LMHO)

Beverly September 4, 2010, 7:03pm

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Here's the quandary that brought me to this site:
'No one could entertain like her and Ed.'
'No one could entertain like she and Ed.'
I find that the easiest way to know which is grammatically correct is to add a word or phrase, and subtract a word or phrase.
'No one could entertain like her could entertain.'
'No one could entertain like she could entertain.'

Clearly, I'm going with 'she' over 'her', no matter how 'snobby' it may sound to others. As to whether the choice of 'she' vs 'her' will cause the Earth to slip off its axis, I'm fairly certain it will not. Using 'proper' English grammar is not, however, a waste of time, or evidence of snobbery. It's a conscious effort to retain some order in a formal language, which (imho) is a mark of a civilised society. A 'breakdown' in such formal order is not always a good thing. Reducing to the most common denominator might work in arithmetic; but in society - not so very much, I think.

Beverly Sutton Lawrence
'What the World needs now are MORE SQUIRRELS! Then, there would be fewer NUTS running around, loose! (or running for public office!)'

Beverly June 27, 2010, 5:00pm

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