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I or me?

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It’s your 5 Minute Grammar Lesson! Here’s a topic a friend suggested to me on Facebook:

When to use “I” and when to use “me.” These two words are often mixed up, usually at the end of a sentence. Here are the facts:

  • Use “I” as the subject (when you are doing the action).
  • Use “me” as the object (when you are receiving the action)

I or me ~ 5-minute grammar lesson

Here’s something you might hear:

Polly went shopping with Vikki and I. – Sounds formal, right? Must be correct. Well, it’s not. “I” shouldn’t be used because it isn’t the subject of the sentence, Polly is. “Me” should be used because it is the object – it is receiving the action.

Confused? Here’s an easy check. Simply delete the extra information and see if the sentence still makes sense.

Polly went shopping with I. That doesn’t make any sense. So, the correct version is:

Polly went shopping with Vikki and me. Even though it sounds less formal, it’s right.

Make sense?  🙂

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Enjoy your Sunday!

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About Michelle

Michelle Marine is green living enthusiast and rural Iowa mom of four. An avid traveler, Michelle has lived on three different continents and has driven all four kids across the entire USA (by herself!). She loves sharing farm-to-table recipes, their family travel adventures, and gardening and homesteading tips on her popular lifestyle blog, SimplifyLiveLove.com.

Comments

  1. Liz says

    May 17, 2011 at 2:42 am

    People get soooo confused with this! I always want to correct people when they say it wrong. I also use the rule of taking out the extra info to see if it works. I'm glad you posted this. 🙂

    I just found your site from moneysavingmom by the way. 🙂

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