"me" or "I"?

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"me" or "I"?

Post by Ksjenka » Sun Jun 03, 2012 7:24 pm

Recently I saw The Vampire Diaries episode 21 :-D , where Klaus said: "...You know once you pick a Salvatore, you'll destroy their bond. Consider this me doing you a favor : once you are dead, you won't have to choose..." Why did he say: ... consider this "ME" doing you a favor, why didn't he say consider this "I" doing you a favor? Or maybe both of these are right? Help me to figure this out, please.

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Re: "me" or "I"?

Post by Alan » Mon Jun 04, 2012 3:46 am

Strictly speaking, it should be

Consider this (to be) MY doing you a favor.

However, since in daily conversational usage object-case pronouns tend to replace possessive-case pronouns in specifying the agent of a gerund, 'my' is substituted here.