Monday Morning Grammar: Pronouns Part VIII—Infinitives

Quickie post today since it’s Labor Day!

When a pronoun is used with an infinitive—i.e., to plus a verb’s root or stem—use objective case. This rule holds true whether the pronoun is the object of the infinitive or the subject:

Jeff wanted me to accompany him to his stepbrother’s wedding this weekend.

The morning after the ceremony, Jeff’s mother asked us to help tear down the wedding decorations and clean up the reception venue.

Do you have a question about pronouns? Let me know, and I’ll include it in a future installment of Mots Justes’ ongoing series.

The Mots Justes Series on Pronouns

Part I—The Basics

Part II—Location, Location, Location

Part III—Number

Part IV—Person

Part V—Gender, Plus “They” as a Gender-Neutral Singular Pronoun

Part VI—On the Case

Part VII—Something Personal Between You and Me

Resources

Chicago Manual of Style, The. 15th ed. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2003.

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