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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Tips on Composition from a current school teacher

Very useful link. Composition Guidelines

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I came across your website by accident. After going thru the articles with my son who will be sitting for his PSLE in 2008, I find the information very helpful and useful, especially the exam tips for science n english comprehension. Thanks for the posting!

dolphin said...

Dear Mr Song
Please help with the use of I or me by explaining the grammar rules.

1) Would you like to join Ryan and _____ for lunch?

2) There were no computers when John and _____ were young.

3) That girl goes to the same school as _____.

4) Can we keep this between you and ____?

5) It is _____ who want the book.

6) It is ______ that wants the book.

Excel Eduservice said...

1) Would you like to join Ryan and me for lunch?

2) There were no computers when John and I were young.

3) That girl goes to the same school as me.

4) Can we keep this between you and me?

5) It is I who want the book.

In my opinion, #6 is not appropriate to have “I” or “me” because of the word “that”. The word “that” refers that it is non-human.

Basically the rule is that “I” should be used when it is the subject and “me” used when it is the object.

Examples:

“I” as subject -
I want the book. (Not – Me want the book.)

“Me” as object –
The principle wants to see me. (Not – The principle wants to see I.)

Anonymous said...

Dear me Song

For 3
3) That girl goes to the same school as _____.

Just to clarify, if we cover up That girl, the sentence becomes I go to the same school as compared to Me go to the same school

An object refers to a noun or pronoun representing the person or thing that something is done to.In this particular case, nothing is done to that person, I, unlike for example Simon caught a lizard.

I am really confused.I think you are referring to principal.

Excel Eduservice said...

First, a correction -

In my last post, it should be PRINCIPAL and not PRINCIPLE.

As for your point -
"Just to clarify, if we cover up That girl, the sentence becomes I go to the same school as compared to Me go to the same school"

If you write - "I go to the same school", "I" is now the subject. Hence, "me" is wrong.

Tilted Earth said...

Dear Mr Song

Please help.

1) Frankie is stronger than ___________. (I or me)
2) You looked as thrilled as ___________. (I or me)
3) Johnny is much taller than ___________. (she or her)
$) It wasn’t ________ who did it. (we or us)
5) Neither Suni nor I called you; so it must have been _________(he or him)
6) It couldn’t have been _________.Paul and Tom are mischievous, but they would never steal.( they or them)

xiaorou said...

Dear Mr Song

Going back to this question again,

3) That girl goes to the same school as _____.

Is the answer I or me?

Excel Eduservice said...

1) Frankie is stronger than ___________. (I or me)
Both answers are acceptable. “I” is old English. Today, “me” is more commonly used.

2) You looked as thrilled as ___________. (I or me)
Ans: me

3) Johnny is much taller than ___________. (she or her)
Again, both are acceptable. Like #1, “she” is old English.

$) It wasn’t ________ who did it. (we or us)
Ans: us

5) Neither Suni nor I called you; so it must have been _________(he or him)
Ans: him

6) It couldn’t have been _________.Paul and Tom are mischievous, but they would never steal.( they or them)
Ans: them

3) That girl goes to the same school as _____.
Is the answer I or me? Ans: me

xiaorou said...

Hi Mr Song,

I saw this sentence in English PSLE Revision Guide,My Pals are Here, pg 34.

That girl goes to the same school as I.This differs from yours which is me.

Is there an error in the book?Or, is it a case of old and new English?

Going back to these questions,

Frankie is stronger than ___________. (I or me)
Both answers are acceptable. “I” is old English. Today, “me” is more commonly used.

Johnny is much taller than ___________. (she or her)
Again, both are acceptable. Like #1, “she” is old English.

If these questions appear in the PSLE English Exam,what should give as the answers?The old or the new version?Or are both answers acceptable?

I am confused.Please help.