GRAMMAR TIP: I vs. Me

Some personal pronouns have two forms, one that is used as the subject of a verb and one that is used as the object of a verb or preposition.

 

Subject forms: I, he, she, we, they

 

Example:

 

My sister and I live in Texas. We raise chickens. (Subject forms)

Vi and she moved to Paris. They love it there. (Subject forms)

 

Object forms: me, him, her, us, them

 

Example:

 

Tanisha gave me your address. (Indirect object of a verb)

The neighbors invited my wife and me to dinner. (Object of a verb)

We met him at the movies. We met her there too. We like them. (Objects of a verbs)

Jason writes to her every day. We went with them. (Objects of prepositions)

 

If you don’t know what to look out for, it’s easy to get caught up. For example, “Me and my friends went to Miami” or “The owner invited my wife and I to dinner” sounds right to some, but for those of us who know and care that “I” is a subject word and “me” is an object word, it’s like nails on a chalkboard.

 

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