The title is honestly just to get people’s eyebrows to go up. There are just so many people whose reactions will be amusing.
I’m pausing here to enjoy the thought of a certain friend who will probably not read past this line. 🙂
Anyway – tonight we actually talked grammar. At one point, I was laughing so hard imagining us as a Saturday Night Live sketch – Bedtime with the Benders – that taught grammar to the masses of people whose brains are turning to mush (ever see Wall-E???). It even had theme music…at least in my brain. The pastor and wanna-be English teacher are at it again… *wink, wink*
Neither of us can think of the content of the phrase or sentence that brought on the conversation; however, our main grammar struggle tonight has to do with the construct of using “like” in comparison and whether you use the objective or nominative form of pronouns when doing so.
For example – which of the following is correct?
I can run like he.
I can run like him.
We decided the first because “like” is actually a subordinate conjunction with an understood verb at the end of the sentence (I can run like he can run). Fascinating, I’m sure!
We covered a lot of ground in our first episode of “Bedtime with the Benders” (cue music). Stay tuned for more riveting episodes. Next week: The Benders explore the proper uses of apostrophes and clear up the whole “its” vs. “it’s” problem.