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Grammar Check: I Vs. Me

My sister and I always have a writing session together at least once a week at our local bookstore. Usually, while we’re there, one of us asks the other a grammar question.

Sometimes we can figure out the answer, sometimes we can’t. Sometimes we look it up on our phones, other times we’re too lazy and just write down whatever. We know what we mean. We can look it up later.

Though there are some people who love to argue over grammar issue with my sister and me.

Grammer Check: I Vs. Me

I

Use “I” when you’re referring to yourself before the verb in the sentence.

Example:
John and I ran three miles this morning. (The subject is before the verb “ran”)

Me

Use “me” when you’re referring to yourself after the verb in the sentence.

Example:
Andrew ran three miles this morning with John and me. (The subject is after the verb “ran”)

Tip

Think of “I before E except after C.” It has nothing to do with this, but it’s an easy phrase to remember. Also remember that not only does I come before E, but it also comes before the verb. Maybe that will help, maybe it won’t.

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Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rachel Poli is a writer and blogger. She has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a bachelor’s degree in English Studies. She enjoys writing young adult novels, middle-grade, and children’s picture books. She is currently working on her first novel.

10 thoughts on “Grammar Check: I Vs. Me

  1. The way I have to remember it is: will the sentence make sense if I drop the secondary person?

    John and I ran three miles this morning. => “I ran three miles this morning.”

    Andrew ran three miles this morning with John and me. => “Andrew ran three miles this morning with me.”

    It works for me. 🙂

    1. Oh, that’s a good way of remembering it too!
      It’s funny, after I wrote this post, my Sunday school students had a discussion about which one was right because one kid said it wrong so another kid had to call her out on it. I was actually able to explain that she was right and he was the one who was wrong.

  2. I remember if the person does the action, use “I”. He/she is the subject of the action. If the person receives the action use “me”. He/she is the object of the action. Where it gets tricky is with intransitive verbs (no action: all the “to be” verbs)” It is I” is correct no matter how stuffed shirt it sounds. When you answer the phone, you say (correctly) “This is she.” “This is me” is for four year olds. Ha. However, “Woe is I” (which is correct) does not have the same “ring” to it as Hamlet where Ophelia says, “Woe is me!” There is a clever contemporary grammar handbook titled “Woe is I”. I found it helpful.

    1. Grammar is probably the most confusing thing ever. Well, the whole English language in general I mean.
      That book sounds helpful though. I’ll have to look that up.

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