Him and I went to the beach! Sand got all over him and I.
Since most of the folks who read this blog are writers, I know I’m about to preach to the choir, but I heard “him and I” so many times this weekend–sports programs, TV shows, people in passing–that not writing about it didn’t seem like an option.
In no usage of the English language is “him/her and I” correct. It’s never correct. Ever. As the subject of the sentence (who went to the beach), it’s “He and I went.” Easiest way to figure it out is to omit “and I.” Even folks who say “him and I” would never say “Him went to the beach.”
When used as the object (Sand got all over whom), it’s him and me. If you’re not sure, leave one of them out. “Sand got all over him” is right; “sand got all over I” isn’t–and most folks know that.
He, him, his
She, her, hers
I, me, my/mine
Subject, object, possessive
Do we really have to go back to first grade?
If you get confused as to which form to use, try we (subject) and us (object). “We went to the beach. Sand got all over us.”
Lands. I’m about to join ranks with the grammar police.