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Monday, April 15, 2013

Wordworking:M is for Me vs. I

Me is an object pronoun while I is the subject pronoun. I read a great tip on Literary Rambles last week for how to remember I vs. me using math. Read Dale's tip here.
The Cliff's Note version:

  • Subtraction: I or me can be confusing if the subject or object is more than one thing.  Subtract the additional person to find the answer.

"Joe and me ate pretzels until my belt buckle burst." "Joe and I ate pretzels until my belt buckle burst."
Take out Joe and it's easy to recognize that I is the correct choice because I is the subject of the sentence.

  • Addition: Add in the assumed portion of the sentence to find the correct pronoun. 
"He and I." vs. "He and me."
Add what they're doing. "He and I are going to a party." "He and me are going to a party."
 The first one is correct.

If I got anything wrong, feel free to correct me in the comments.  Are you doing the A to Z challenge? Let me know and I'll come check it out.

Write On:D


  1. Most interesting to fathom but enjoyable M post.

  2. You know math and wordworking went hand and hand? See I will have to use math someday. ;)

    Dani @ Entertaining Interests

  3. This is one of those that hurts my head.

    Moody Writing

  4. figure out the write word? Who would have thought?! Thanks for sharing the tip!

  5. Oh. Funny. We are using the same topics! I have the same me vs. I on my blog today! :) Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day!

  6. Mixing math with writing? Never would have guessed it, but it's a great tip!

  7. That's one of pet peeves (along with who and whom). I can understand people messing it up in their speech but not in writing.

  8. I do not like this one. I rely on others to fix it for me. Can you give an example where "me" works?

    1. Will you go to Storymakers with Katie, Emily and me? *wink*

  9. This is something I actually get right, most of the time, maybe. I suck at grammar!

  10. I do the subtraction thing. Saves me every time!

  11. Great tip and one my mom taught me (but without using the word "math" or I'd have run screaming in terror).

    Another one that is quite popular today is ending a sentence with me instead of I.

    "Chuck is faster than me." Wrong.
    "Chuck is faster than I (am)." Right.

    Leaving off the verb makes people switch it to me in popular speech.

  12. Great post. Very useful.

    It is too bad that only the literate people are reading this and not the people who really need it, for example my daughters pre-school teachers.

    My pet peeve- and it may be a CA thing- is the constant misue of the word seen. "I seen it." Drives me bonkers.