Wrong Word Wednesday #41

Every week I will demonstrate an example of poor English where a different word is used from the one intended. Sometimes this creates a grammatically incorrect sentence. Unfortunately, the mistake is usually so pervasive that we all do it and such errors are usually made by those who should know better – journalists working for national or global media outlets such as newspapers and television.

Do I use “I” or “Me”?

“Me and Sarah are going shopping” catch yourself saying that often? How do you know when to use “I” (as in Sarah and I) and when to use “me”?

Use “I” when referring to the subject of the sentence – (in the sentence above, Sarah is the subject)

Use “me” when referring to the object of the sentence – (“Do you have any pictures of me and you together?” – “me” is the object)

If that sounds too technical, then try removing the other pronoun to see if the remaining pronoun works on it own.

I am going shopping works: Me am going shopping does not

Do you have any pictures of me? works whereas Do you have any pictures of I? does not.

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