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Rams Write: I/Me

Here you'll find a student-generated guide to writing and composition.

Introduction

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.

Reason For Proper Use of I/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. 

Confusing Grammar Mistakes in English: Using I or Me

Example

Example

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'.

 

Examples

Example 1

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. 

Example 2

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.

Example

Example

Incorrect: Me will be with you in a minute.

Correct: I will be with you in a minute.

Explanation: 'I' is used as a subject of a sentence or clause, whereas 'me' is used as the object of a verb

This page was created by/ MLA Citation:

Spring 2019

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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