Grammar / Mini-Lessons

Is it “I” or is it “Me?”

A friend of mine was reading my blog over the weekend when he discovered a discrepancy.  In the blog about my mother, he correctly noted that I said, “Her caring doesn’t stop with my brother or I” when I should have stated “. . . doesn’t stop with my brother or me.”  The incorrect usage of “I” and “me” is a common occurrence and Grading Girl apparently bears no exception!  Luckily for us all, this is very simple to correct.

“I” versus “Me”

“I” is a pronoun that must be the subject of a verb. “Me” is a pronoun that must be the object of the verb. The easiest way to remember the two is to remove the other noun from the sentence and see if it still makes sense.

Examples of the Correct Use of “I”

Natalie and I went to the beach this weekend.

[I went to the beach this weekend. (Me went to the beach this weekend doesn’t make sense.)]

 She and I have to make a cake!

[I have to make a cake. She has to make a cake. (Her has to make a cake and me has to make a cake do not make sense.)]

Examples of the Correct Use of “Me”

Please come with Jessica and me to the concert.

[Please come with me to the concert. (Please come with I to the concert doesn’t make sense.)]

Comments

Richard
May 26, 2009 at 8:04 PM

Neat! – love the samples, thanks you too!



Richard
May 26, 2009 at 8:11 PM

Wish I could delete and fix my typo! i.e. too is wrong… 🙁

Or is it “Neat! – I love the samples, thanks to you both!”

Meh-I give up… 😐

If you are open to suggestions, lately I have wondered if I use hyphens poorly. I know blogging sometimes I tend to create run on sentences with them!



May 26, 2009 at 9:48 PM

Since you’re using the dash, you can leave out the “I;” you’re emphasizing a thought. I use the dash often when blogging as well. It’s a great way to emphasize a point or to put related sentences together. I’m glad you enjoyed the samples! Thanks for the input, Richard!



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