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I or me?!

I wrote "my wife is more adaptable than me" and it sounded wrong. I tried "my wife is more adaptable than I" and it seemed pompous. I settled on "my wife is more adaptable than I am". I then asked my son, a former English major. He said "me" was correct as it was the object rather than the subject, and "I am" is completely wrong because it adds an unnecessary verb.

Is he right? Why does "I am" sound so right?


  • Your son is wrong, @Toller.

    The concepts of SUBJECT and OBJECT are unhelpful here.

    If you use me then I suppose it could be called a PREPOSITIONAL OBJECT, though many would prefer PREPOSITIONAL COMPLEMENT.

    But this supposes that than is a PREPOSITION. Another view is that than is a CONJUNCTION.
    In this case, what follows is a CLAUSE — or rather a shortened version of a clause.
    Your preferred sentence has the natural and normal shortening
    ...than I am [adaptable]
    The 'pompous' sentence shortens it further
    ...than I [am adaptable]

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