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Eddie Mair | 13:55 UK time, Monday, 6 August 2007

...well, not really. Here are Rupert and me just after our 11.00 meeting


  1. At 02:09 PM on 06 Aug 2007, Stephen, Leader of STROP wrote:

    Surely that is Rupert and I....

    or is it.....

    I'm confused.......

    Help..... anyone....

  2. At 02:27 PM on 06 Aug 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    Perhaps this is an unfair question, Eddie, but I'll ask it anyway - Do you smoke? Just an educated guess, you understand.

  3. At 03:07 PM on 06 Aug 2007, Humph wrote:

    Re Stephen (1) It could be although not necessarily. The subject (I) goes before the verb, the object (me) goes after it. The verb matches the number of the subject which, in the case of "here", is singular. Thus you can either have:

    Here is Rupert and me . . .


    Rupert and I are here . . .

    Personally I prefer the latter although I would have put the link under "here" rather than the names. Guess who is getting bored trying to find methods for the esterifcation of chloro-phenoxy acids.


  4. At 03:12 PM on 06 Aug 2007, Simon Worrall wrote:

    I'll hazard a guess at the answer. Eddie doesn't smoke, he smoulders.

    Just ask any of the other Blog ladies, I feel Appy may have a view on this.....


  5. At 03:17 PM on 06 Aug 2007, Ike Entell wrote:

    Big Sister @ (2)

    I think that newsreader David Miles smokes. He sounds a sixty-a-day bloke if you ask me. ;-)

  6. At 03:18 PM on 06 Aug 2007, Chris Ghoti wrote:

    Stephen, Leader of STROP, @ 1

    (allowing that you don't mean it is Rupert and you)

    I *think* that the rule is that if one takes "Rupert and" out of the sentence and changes the verb to the singular, that has to be correct for the I/me. Doing that, one gets "Here am I just after our 11.00 meeting" so "Here are Rupert and I just after our 11.00 meeting" ought to be right.

    On the other hand "Here is me just after our 11.00 meeting" looks right too in a vernacular sort of way.

    Come to that, since neither of them is actually here (I am alone in this room) what he meant was "Here is [a representation of]/here are [representations of] Rupert and me just after our 11.00 meeting", and "Here is a representation of I" would be definitely wrong. Unless he is from the West Country, in which case it would be dialect. Is Eric from the West Country?

    Did you think you were confused before?

  7. At 03:32 PM on 06 Aug 2007, Lou Smoralls wrote:

    Big Sister, talking of smoking - I once asked a girl if she smoked after s*x. "Ive never looked." she replied, "but I do get awfully hot"

  8. At 03:59 PM on 06 Aug 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    Simon/Lou: Love it!

    So, let's get this straight: Eddie is to smoulder as Kate is to sultry - Am I right?

  9. At 04:17 PM on 06 Aug 2007, DI Wyman wrote:

    Big Sis (8)

    ....well.....thanks a bunch.....I have only just calmed down after the last mention of a 'sultry' Kate.....and there you go setting off my hormones again.....not only that but you have probably upset Humph esterifcating chloro-phenoxy acids......and we dont need that sort of thing in Norwich either.....


  10. At 08:56 PM on 06 Aug 2007, Aperitif wrote:

    Si (4), Once again you are quite correct. No doubt you know what that view is too... *sigh*

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