Mrs. Chili doesn’t accept late work, but I’m handing this in anyway.
The other day Meno emailed me with this querry:
So, which of these is correct, if any?
He is more sensitive than I.
He is more sensitive than me.
He is more sensitive than I am.
Meno, it all depends on what kind of “correct” you’re looking for. Really, ALL of them work, though I would be more inclined to go with either the first or the last.
Here’s the thing; people say – and are UNDERSTOOD when they say – “he is more sensitive than me.” “Me” is an OBJECTIVE pronoun, though, and if we’re being all uptight and fussy about our grammar, we know that objective pronouns can’t serve as the subject of a sentence (or a clause). The ‘than’ preposition sets up a clause – you’re comparing two things, and the (often unspoken) conclusion to that clause involves a subject and a verb. “That is cheaper than this (is).” “She is prettier than I (am), but I am a much nicer person.”
What I’m trying to say in my long-winded, English teacher way is that you CAN say all three and be descriptively correct. If you’re going for uptight-correctness, though, go with either the first or the last of your examples here.