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Is it "I" or "me" in "Keep Tom and I/me updated"?

You are correct: me is the object pronoun and should be used here, since it is going in the object position. Normally you would probably say "keep us updated", so "keep him and me updated" may feel a ...
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Is it "I" or "me" in "Keep Tom and I/me updated"?

I think it's still simpler than any of the other answers yet. Just remove the other party and determine which version of 'I'/'Me' work for the sentence. I went to the store. Sue made a cake ...
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A single "of" for a noun and two gerunds?

Strictly speaking, the sentence is incorrect because listening of playlists is ungrammatical (unless the playlists are doing the listening). Since categorization takes of and editing takes of but ...
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"Where am I and my sister?" or "Where are I and my sister?"

Think about it: My sister and I are going to the store. My sister and I are now at the store. My sister and I are where? Where are my sister and I? Don't semantically muddle the issue by ...
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First-person pronouns in coordinate subjects - "Bob and myself are..."

The simplest method for determining the "correct" pronoun is to remove the other person from the sentence entirely. Conjugate the verb as if it only involves you & try the different options. ...
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"than I" vs. "than me"

Native speakers have been arguing about this for centuries. There are two schools of thought. The conjunction theory The conjunction theory, most famously advocated by Robert Lowth (1710–1787), ...
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The indefinite article applied to a group of things

Inside the box was a pen, pencil and eraser. Inside the box was a pen, a pencil and an eraser. Both version #1 and #2 are fine and grammatical in today's standard English. There could often be a ...
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Which is more formal: "My parents will reside with me and my family" or "my family and I"?

My parents will reside with me and my family. This sentence is okay, because if we shorten it, leaving only me and omitting "my familiy", we notice nothing strange: My parents will reside with me. ...
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Can I reduce "couldn't find anything" to "nothing" in this sentence?

"But nothing" is too incomplete to be an independent clause, so "I checked it, but nothing" would not be a well formed sentence. Very informally, one might possibly say: I checked. Nothin'. … ...
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Is it "I" or "me" in "Keep Tom and I/me updated"?

Your understanding is correct. The reason that people often say things like "keep Tom and I updated" is a bit convoluted. I see Hellion has put an answer up while I'm writing this, and what he says ...
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how can I change the imperative sentence into passive form?

I'm a native American English speaker, and I find it difficult to understand how "be punctual" can be made passive. Perhaps your book is only asking you to change the part after "or&...
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"They have *both* got ..." or "They *both* have got ..."

There are six (6) pairs of choices in her homework: that is, six (6) questions. So that gives a total of twelve (12) choices. Of those twelve (12) choices, all except for two (2) are grammatical. It ...
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“Both you and he are very happy” or "Both you and him are very happy"?

Always split the sentence in such dilemma. Make those two people in concern separate and check what works! You will go to London + Me I will go to London. SO, You and I will go to London. She'll meet ...
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"than I" vs. "than me"

While all the other answers seem to focus on why it's than I or than me, I don't think this helps most people in everyday life such as in a conversation—they seem a little difficult to be used on the ...
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"Nobody but he/him was present"?

Nobody but him was present. Nobody but he was present. Which usage is correct? This question comes up a lot. In short, the answer is that in general both versions are acceptable. Though for some ...
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have or having after preposition with two objects

He's afraid of being debunked in public and have/having his reputation ruined. The coordinating conjunction and connects two gerund-participial clauses: "being debunked in public" and "having his ...
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I have bought a car this year too

It can mean a lot of things. Specifically, the 'too' can relate to almost any constituent in the phrase. I have bought a car this year too. (As well as my friends have.) I have bought a car this year ...
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Can I reduce "couldn't find anything" to "nothing" in this sentence?

It depends on the context. "I checked it, but nothing" is colloquial or informal. It is not formal. For example, you would not say that as a doctor talking to a patient. I would not use it in any ...
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Is the phrase "Every man, every woman, and every child" singular or plural?

Every man, every woman, and every child comes across to me as plural: Every man, every woman, and every child in this line are required to sign the forms. but it's for a strange reason. Because ...
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"is" vs. "are" and when to use them

Is the number and address valid? Are the number and address valid? Which form of the verb is correct for the sentence? Your 1st version ("is") sounds okay to my AmE ear. The 2nd version (&...
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Understanding "and" connecting adjectives modifying noun in the plural

Your second interpretation is more correct. It is for professional programmers - those who program in exchange for money - and enthusiast programmers - those who program because they are interested in ...
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“My grandmother, along with two of her friends, (is/are) planning a trip to Mexico.” –What will be in the gap?

1 - is. 2 - needs. Because you've isolated the additional items (your grandmother's friends and the reports) from the item you are talking about, you are effectively talking about a singular item, so ...
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have or having after preposition with two objects

"He is afraid of A and B." The verbs used in the phrases A and B need to match form, therefore "being" and "have" would be incorrect together, while "being" and "having" would be correct. ...
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have or having after preposition with two objects

"Having" is the grammatically proper phrase. Gerunds make the phrase a noun phrase, while the bare verb makes it a verbal phrase, and "afraid of" usually takes a noun phrase. The &...
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There is time comes of 'last chance' too

We would not say that this way. Addressing your specific question: we do not split the of phrase from the noun it modifies by putting another constituent between them, as you have put comes between ...
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Before today, I (thought/was thinking/used to think)

1) Before today, I believed that the moon was a star. You could also say: 1) I used to believe that the moon was a star. Using before today with used to believe is redundant and at least to me ...
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