One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
‘I’ or ‘me’?
The two personal pronouns I and me are often used wrongly, usually in sentences in which I is being used with another noun. Here are some tips to help you get it right:
He went to bed.
We waited for the bus.
Clare and I are going for a coffee.
Danny thanked them.
The dog followed John and me to the door.
In the last example, the pronoun me, together with the proper noun John, forms the object of the verb follow, so you need to use me rather than I.
Rose spent the day with Jake and me.
Me, together with Jake, forms the object of the preposition with, so you need to use the pronoun me rather than the pronoun I.
An easy way of making sure you’ve chosen the right pronoun is to see whether the sentence reads properly if you remove the additional pronoun:
|✓ I am going for a coffee.
||✗ Me am going for a coffee.
|✓ Rose and I went for a coffee.
||✗ Rose and me went for a coffee.
|✓ The dog followed me.
||✗ The dog followed I.
|✓ Rose spent the day with me.
||✗ Rose spent the day with I.
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