Three weeks ago, I made an error that bugged me when I saw it in print. Unless you are a deputy with the grammar police or you read Einsohn’s “The Copyeditor’s Handbook” for pleasure, you may not have noticed it since it’s a common error in conversation. I wrote that my mother read “to my sister, brother, and I.” As the object of the preposition “to,” that “I” should be “me.” People often think that using I sounds more proper, but it’s wrong in that usage. You wouldn’t say “to I.”

I fret little over typos or omitted words. After all, in a late-night writing session I can miss things in a semi-awake state while proofing. And company proofreaders are human too. But grammar mistakes, mine, and those of other published folks who are supposed to know better make me wag my head. Lately I have seen lots of incorrect usage.

Arlene Neal resides in Dudley Shoals and is a retired English chair from Catawba Valley Community College. You may contact her at

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