Ever wondered when you should use ‘I’ or ‘me’? Well, here’s my brief guide on the subject.
I is the first person singular subject pronoun, which means that it should be used when it is the subject of the sentence, that is the person doing the verb.
I want to go.
This is the one I like.
Magda and I are going to the movies.
Me is an object pronoun, which means that it should be used for the object of the sentence either direct or indirect.
Ania told me to leave.
She gave me some cheesecake.
He needs to talk to Magnus or me.
Whether you say you and I or you and me in co-ordinate phrases depends on whether they function as subjects or objects in the sentence.
When relating a story, do you wonder whether to say, “Anna and I went to the spa,” or “Anna and me went to the spa.” Here the correct word to use is “Anna and I went to the spa”.
When in doubt you might think about it in another way. Take out the other person, and it should become clearer. For example, you are not likely to say, “Me joined the archery club”, or “Matilda took I to the concert”.
Here are three of the longest proper words in English I have heard or read in recent days:
– antidisestablishmentarianism meaning to withdraw government support for a particular religion.
– sesquipedalianism meaning the practice of using long, often obscure, words in speech or writing.
– supercalifragilisticexpialidocious is a thirty four letter word and most commonly used to describe something as ‘extraordinarily good’ or ‘wonderful’. Supercalifragilistic is an abbreviation of supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.
Since I was reminded of this word while watching Mary Poppins, at Christmas, here’s a clip of the word being sung in that very same Walt Disney movie.