by Jean Foster Akin
Do you ever wonder whether to use the pronoun “I” or “me” while writing or speaking sentences such as “Me and Bill,” or “Gloria and I”? Today I have a simple trick for you so that you don’t have to wonder if it’s “I” or “Me” again. I mean, this trick is SIMPLE!
We can just forget about worrying over using “I” or “me” if those pronouns represent ONE person in a sentence. Am I right? Most of us won’t get confused and say: “Me went to the store,” or “Should I take the dog on a walk with I?”
It’s when we have to speak or write about one or more people accompanying the “I” or the “me” in the sentence that we run into trouble. But it is so easy to stay out of trouble if you use the simple trick I’m proposing.
THE SIMPLE “I/ME” TRICK EXPLAINED
Is it “Anna and me were kicked out of the circus after Anna slapped a clown,” or “Anna and I were kicked out of the circus after Anna slapped a clown”?
To find out, all you need do is REMOVE “Anna” temporarily from the sentence and see if your selection of “I” or “me” works on its own. “Me was kicked out of the circus…” or “I was kicked out of the circus…”? Looks like the correct sentence is “Anna and I were kicked out of the circus after Anna slapped a clown.” THAT’S IT! THAT’S ALL THERE IS TO THIS TRICK! You can’t get much simpler than that!
SOME EVERYDAY EXAMPLES
Which of the following sentences are CORRECT?
1). “Verna and me played several rounds of Mahjong last Tuesday.”
ANSWER: Using “me” in this particular sentence is INCORRECT. By removing Verna from the original sentence, you see that it reads “Me played several rounds of Mahjong last Tuesday.” There’s nothing right about that. So, “Verna and I played…” is correct. If you want to use the pronoun “me” you must rearrange the sentence a bit, like so: “Verna played several rounds of Mahjong with me last Tuesday.”
2). Anna and I robbed the liquor store on Saturday night.
ANSWER: Using “I” in the sentence is CORRECT. By removing Anna from the original sentence, you see that it reads: “I robbed the liquor store on Saturday night.” Using “I” was the right thing to do. Robbing the liquor store? Not so much. Maybe you need to stay away from this Anna person; she sounds like a bad influence.
(3). Me, Donna, and Jennifer walked the poodles.
ANSWER: Using “me” in this sentence is INCORRECT. By removing Donna and Jennifer from the original sentence, you will see that it reads: “Me walked the poodles.” So, say instead, “Donna, Jennifer, and I walked the poodles.” If you want to use the pronoun “me” you must say: “Donna and Jennifer walked the poodles with me.”
4). My husband and me want to go on a cruise.
ANSWER: Using “me” in this sentence is INCORRECT. By removing “My husband” from the sentence, you will see that it reads: “Me want to go on a cruise.” So say instead, “My husband and I want to go on a cruise.” Or, again, you can say, “My husband wants to go on a cruise with me.”
The “I/ME” trick is so simple, you never have to make a mistake with “I” or “me” again!
Any questions? Ask ’em in the comment section below.