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Grammar 101

In a front-page story in Sunday’s Aspen Times, I see that the winner of this year’s Aspen Valley Marathon “hopes to make Aspen an annual stop for he and his family.” Ouch! The writer, Mr. Austin Colbert, of course meant “for himself and his family.”

We have become sadly accustomed, in recent years, to hear even people with advanced degrees commit usage gaffes like the above. (A particular favorite nowadays is the phrase “just between you and I,” which mistakenly assumes that the presence of a second object of the preposition somehow nullifies the objective form of the pronoun.) Written English, of course, is a different, and stricter, matter, and it behooves professional writers and editors to know and distinguish between nominative and objective pronoun forms — just between you and me.

Isn’t it time to tighten up the writing and editing at The Aspen Times?

Donald Wilson

St. Louis


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