Students tend to write how they speak. Sometimes this habit is fine, but other times it can lead to problems such as the misuse of I and me.
'I' will always be the subject of a sentence or clause, whereas 'me' will be the object. 'Me' should follow any preposition (of, in, on, etc.) and function as both the indirect and direct object in a sentence.
Following these rules will ensure professionalism when speaking to others and will make a good impression.
Incorrect: The professor returned the tests to John and I.
Correct: The professor returned the tests to John and me.
Explanation: You remove the second party from the sentences where you feel tempted to use 'myself' as an object or feel hesitant about 'me'.
Incorrect: When you get done with that lab report, can you send it to Bill and I?
Correct: When you get done with that lab report, can you send it to Bill and me?
Explanation: If you take Bill out of the sentence, you will notice how the sentence changes. As you read it aloud, you can see the correct answer in the next example.
Incorrect: When you get done with that lab report, can you send it to I?
Correct: When you get done with that lab report, can you send it to me?
Explanation: The first sentence doesn't sound right because 'I' is the object in the sentence. 'I' should never be used as the object.
Sacha Bonilla-Mena, Framingham State U, Class of 2022
Julia Tetreault, Framingham State U, Class of 2022
Amanda Gormley, Framingham State U, Class of 2022
Jared Gordon-Anderson, Framingham State U, Class of 2021
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