It depends if you're thinking according to a prescriptive grammar (i.e. one which lays down rules like "Thou shalt not say, 'It's me' ") or a descriptive one (i.e. one which simply says what people do, e.g. "People frequently say, 'It's me' rather than 'It is I.' ") The implied clause, in full, is "I weigh", so logically it should be "I" as this is the pronoun in the nominative case used for the subject of the verb; but in English the comparative "than" has become a de facto preposition, taking an object in the accusative, so "more than me" has become very common.
You imply that most English speakers would only use "than me" in this case and that it is as close to standard as one may get in English, which is not true. In actuality, it's a distinction between colloquial, formal, and literary contexts.
Among friends, when speakers may be as casual as they like, they'll probably say, "than me." Most people accept the need to "wise up" under certain circumstances, though. These include business communications, academic papers and presentations, and public addresses. Here, people will probably say, "than I do" or "than I am," depending on the sentence. Lastly, in poems, songs, proverbs, etc. - especially older ones - "than I" is common.
Why yes,"than" is also used as a preposition. Scroll down at this site for all the uses of "than". I wonder if this evolved because so many people were using "me" after it. It is more commonly used as a conjunction. So both "I" and "me" should be correct and are accepted here. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/than
Good work on the link and an interesting discussion on usage there.
Bottom line: Better than me may be an "accepted" usage and will 100% of the time be understood BUT...better than I will never be questioned or corrected.
Those new to English or even just "proper" grammar: Feel free to chose. At least now you can make an educated choice! Thanks @allintolearning! Here's some lingots for your research!
That depends on whether the pronoun is a subject or an object pronoun. "Than me" might also be in common usage in demotic English but it doesn't make it grammatically correct. And technical editors…….I don't know what technical ones are, but the people who 'edit' the books I read have a long way to go.
I already made the distinction that I was talking about cases "with an assumed verb." In cases with an assumed verb the pronoun in question can inherently always be treated as a subject. Obviously a sentence like "He likes her more than me" does NOT fit my criteria if it means "He likes her more than he likes me" but could meet my criteria if it means "He likes her more than I do" (shorter sentence seems like an odd way to say this though). Also a sentence like "You run more than I" (implied "do") / "You run more than me" does meet my criteria.
She is somebody who majored in such things back when and can confidently quote you the rules in the main American grammar handbooks cover to cover. Technical editors are the ones who perform grammar reviews on business reports. I did extremely well in grammar in school but her book knowledge is still much better than mine.
Good to know. And for this sentence, I sure hope that "y'all" are going to weigh more than just "I" will!
Also, Crazy Diamond, English did have different words for singular and plural second person, as recently as a couple of hundred years ago. Ever see the words "thou" and "thee"? I'm not sure why we got rid of them…
Yes, of course, "I" is the grammatically correct word. The thing that really perplexes me, though, is that even the Spanish uses the "I" form (yo) and not the "me" form ("mi). It doesn't say "Ustedes van a pesar mas que MI (me)." It correctly says "Ustedes van a pesar mas que YO (I)."
If you are going to weigh more than me, it means that you are going to weigh more people (spuds, bread rolls….) as well as weighing me. Of course, 'me' is now common usage (probably always was) but a language course should go for the correct usage first but accept the demotic as well.
Guys, I'm so happy we just learned this is class today. It is I. If anybody remember bout subject and object pronouns, you would know that if you flip the sentence round or if you take out the other person which in this case is "me" then It would be I m going to weigh more than you. Not Me am going to weigh more than you. The trick is to flip the sentence around.