I or Me? A Simple Test to Get It Right
Save the Bunnies!
© Barbara V. Evers, All rights reserved.
Ok, ok, I have several. BUT...
I want to address one that I see daily on social media and in email messages.
It's driving me crazy.
(And every time you do it, a bunny rabbit dies.)
When referring to you and someone else in a sentence, please make sure you use the correct pronoun (me or I) for you.
Lately, I've seen people use "I" when they should use "me" and vice versa. Every instance cranks me a little closer to crazy...and a bunny rabbit dies.
I'm kidding, but it does bug me.
Ok, so how do you know which pronoun to use? I could put this in grammar terms (subject or object of the verb), but I find most people do better with a simple test. Next time you're faced with the question of which pronoun to use, do the following:
Drop the other person out of the statement and notice which word works. That's the one you use.
For example, look at these two sentences:
- Joe is taking Janie and me to the movies.
- Joe is taking Janie and I to the movies.
Now let's run the test:
- Joe is taking me to the movies.
- Joe is taking I to the movies.
We say, "Joe is taking me to the movies," so when we add Janie to the mix, we still use "me."
Here's another example:
- Janie and I are going to the movies.
- Janie and me are going to the movies.
- I'm going to the movies.
- Me am going to the movies.
Ouch! This one is painfully obvious. You would never say, "Me am..." So the correct phrasing uses "I."
If you'll take a moment to check this before you press send or post something on social media, you'll help me stay sane a little longer. (And a bunny rabbit doesn't have to die.)
That's all it takes, just a second or two.
Please. I'm begging you.