One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Used by a speaker to refer to himself or herself as the object of a verb or preposition.‘do you understand me?’Compare with I‘wait for me!’in secret, secretly, in private, privately, in confidence, confidentially, behind closed doors, surreptitiously, discreetly, furtively, clandestinely, on the quiet, on the sly, unofficially, off the record, between ourselvesView synonyms
- 1.1 Used after the verb “to be” and after “than” or “as”‘hi, it's me’‘you have more than me’
- 1.2North American informal To or for myself.‘I've got me a job’
- 1.1 Used after the verb “to be” and after “than” or “as”
2informal Used in exclamations.‘dear me!’‘silly me!’
Which of the following is correct: you have more than me, or you have more than I? See personal pronoun Traditional grammar teaches that it is correct to say between you and me and incorrect to say between you and I. For details, see between.
me and mine
My family and relatives.
- ‘It's the least you can do after all that you and your kind have done to me and mine.’
- ‘You know, I could let this turn me bitter and hateful, but that's only affecting me and mine.’
- ‘I consider it a great compliment to me and mine that you would consider our family worthy to be joined.’
- ‘Any mercenary who comes after me and mine will pay the ultimate price.’
- ‘You have led me and mine to the ultimate victory.’
- ‘Take this as a warning; if you ever come near me and mine again, I will kill you.’
- ‘There would be no one left to remember the wrong that was done to me and mine.’
- ‘Tell your minions to stay away from me and mine.’
- ‘But you've still not told me what is to concern me and mine in this.’
- ‘For Quentin, for Maggie, and for me and mine, I'll extinguish the life out of you!’
Old English mē, accusative and dative of I, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch mij, German mir (dative), from an Indo-European root shared by Latin me, Greek ( e)me, and Sanskrit mā.
- British spelling of mi
2Maître (title of a French advocate).
A medical condition of unknown cause, with fever, aching, and prolonged tiredness and depression, typically occurring after a viral infection.Also called chronic fatigue syndrome
- ‘Many doctors treating ME patients now favour the holistic approach.’
- ‘I found the coaching tiring in the early stages as I suffer from ME.’
- ‘Kirsty, whose ambition is to become a teacher, said that she thought being diagnosed with ME would put her education on hold.’
- ‘In 1996, she developed ME, which not only made her extremely tired but meant she suffered from muscle pain, nausea and lack of concentration.’
- ‘Gary has suffered from ME for 22 years.’
- ‘I was diagnosed with ME in 1998.’
- ‘My 15-year-old daughter has had ME for over two years and has been so unwell she has been unable to attend school for many months.’
- ‘I have ME so I get really tired.’
- ‘I also take Evening Primose oil which I read is supposed to help people with ME.’
- ‘ME can affect any age group, including school children and the elderly, but most commonly it affect young adults.’
1980s: short for myalgic encephalomyelitis or myalgic encephalopathy.
1Maine (in official postal use).
2US Medical Examiner.
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