There is no I in grammar, but there is one in etiquette

A reader left a message for an editor last week, saying that we had made a grammar error in the first sentence of the lead story of the Weekend section. Here is the sentence:

Last weekend, I, with the help of several friends, went on an eating tour of Durham.

Before returning the reader’s call, the editor asked those of us nearby to help her spot the error in the sentence so she would be prepared to discuss it with the reader. We puzzled over it for a while, but we could not figure out what the reader had found wrong.

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