Stop and take a look at what us women have in our closets.
Miss Worthen – you missed one! Where were you when this poor writer was in fifth grade?
More and more I believe we need an army of Miss Worthens – her primary mission was to prevent ignorant ten year olds from the misuse of personal pronouns. If you, for example, foolishly uttered something stupid like "Me and Jim went to the store" – Miss Worthen would deliver unto you the appropriate punishment. If you were an habitual offender, you would be sent to sit on the floor in the hallway and made to write out the correct construction a specified number of times. Occasional offenders were allowed to sit on a stool in the corner of the room while writing out the punishment.
I admit that I suffered Miss Worthen's punishments a few times. I also admit that because I preferred the hallway (where I had time to woolgather if I wrote fast) to the stool in the corner, I learnt to escalate myself into bigger trouble (by arguing) just to get the bigger punishment. Of course, I didn't prefer the bigger trouble brought by the note home to my parents!
But I digress – Miss Worthen's methods were sometimes harsh, but they worked.
I do not say "I" when it should be "me."
I do not say "me" when it should be "I."
I do not say "us" when it should be "we."
When they are not sure of which word to use, I cannot understand why people don't simply remove the extra words to see how the sentence sounds. In my example above, that's all it would have taken to see that the correct word should have been "we."
Stop and take a look at what us have in our closets.
Miss Worthen was never my favorite teacher. Till now.