I don’t know if I’d go as far as calling it “intuitive editing,” but I will say that a lot of what I do as an editor is to follow my instincts about what looks and feels right.
It was when I was researching and writing The Customizable Style Guide for Coaches Who Write that I got more serious about learning or re-learning the actual rules behind my instincts.
And so it really doesn’t surprise me that I sometimes come upon a grammar lesson that I need a refresher on, or maybe one that I never learned properly to begin with!
She suggests that if you’re not sure whether to use Laurie and I or Laurie and me, try removing the other person from the sentence to see if it still makes sense.
For example, join Laurie and I on the call would become join I on the call. Well, that doesn’t make any sense! So the correct phrase must be join Laurie and me on the call.
On the other hand, Laurie and me will be discussing would become me will be discussing. So the correct phrase here would be Laurie and I will be discussing.
Thanks for the lesson, Sheila! I have also added this to the Troublesome Words page of the For Readers Only website. Style Guide readers, you’ll find the password to this page in Chapter 26.