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Are You Using "I" When You Should Be Using "Me"?
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Maria Murnane
April 2018
Contributor
Written by
Maria Murnane
April 2018

If I had to name one grammatical error I hear more than any other, I would choose the misuse of the pronoun instead of ME.

Here's a refresher on the difference between the two:

I is a subject pronoun, which means it's used when you are a subject in a sentence- in other words, when you are doing something.

  • I am sitting at my desk.

ME is an object pronoun, which means it's used when you are an object in a sentence - in other words, when something is being done to you, for you, with you, etc.

  •  Gloria mailed me a letter.

The above examples are straightforward and simple. It's when multiple objects are involved that people run into trouble.

For example, which of the following do you think is correct?

A) Gloria took a photo of David and me.

B) Gloria took a photo of David and I.

A) This isn't a good time for Gloria and me to visit.

B) This isn't a good time for Gloria and I to visit.

A) If you need an answer, you can call Gloria or me.

B) If you need an answer, you can call Gloria or I.

In each of the above, A is correct. If that isn't obvious to you, remove the extra object in each sentence, and the answer should jump right out.

A) Gloria took a great photo of me.

B) Gloria took a great photo of I.

A) This isn't a good time for me to visit.

B) This isn't a good time for I to visit.

A) If you need an answer, you can call me.

B) If you need an answer, you can call I.

See how clear it becomes? Try that trick the next time you're not sure!

-Maria

Maria Murnane writes bestselling novels about life, love and friendship. Have questions? You can find her at www.mariamurnane.com.

 

This blog post originally appeared on CreateSpace.com. Reprinted with permission. © 2017 CreateSpace, a DBA of On-Demand Publishing, LLC. All rights reserved.

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