[Ads-l] "goes I"

Robin Hamilton robin.hamilton3 at VIRGINMEDIA.COM
Thu Jun 16 14:14:47 UTC 2016

“Very highly educated CNN interviewee, recalling that he and his family had recently been at the spot of the alligator attack in Orlando: "It all kind of rang home: 'But for the grace of God goes I.'

Not only is it ungrammatical - it don't even make no sense!



Truncation of “(There) [sic] but for the grace of God goes I”.

So grammatical, if you allow for truncation and inversion.

4430 ghits for the “goes I” version;  1220 ghits for “goes me”.

Though why, “There I go” should be grammatical, as well as “There goes I” ...

As Henry II said, ‘Who is it that shall rid me of this troublesome pronoun case ending?’

Robin Hamilton

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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