Between he and she

Arnold Zwicky zwicky at STANFORD.EDU
Thu Feb 18 18:15:54 UTC 2010

On Feb 18, 2010, at 9:56 AM, Joel S. Berson wrote:

> Yesterday I heard a network TV reporter, talking about Tiger Wood's
> eagerly anticipated statement before close friends and associates,
> say that Woods had said it was between he and his wife.
> Or have I been too sheltered?

apparently the latter.  a few from my collection:

We’ll see what happens between he and Alan Alda.
   (Ellen DeGeneres, about Jimmy Smits, on the tv show Ellen, 1/24/05)

from an old Night Court episode (seen 8/13/05), a ventriloquist
talking about dummies:
   ... depends on... and the rapport between he and his ventriloquist.

... my daughter just decided this year she wants she and I to
volunteer to go and answer phones...
   (Morning Edition Sunday, 9/11/05, Sunday Puzzle segment, listener
Chad Graham (of St. Louis) talking)

(from 2005) Frances McDormand in a documentary, regarding the
character she plays in the movie Fargo:
   So much of the character of Marge Gunderson relies on the
partnership between she and Norm.

Skilling Calls He and Lay a ‘Good Team’
   (AP story headline, 4/12/06, reported on by Ben Zimmer at

on and on it goes -- and these are fortuitously found examples. not
ones search for systematically.

nominative in the second of two conjoined objects is more common, but
it's also there  in the first.


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