Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Me, Myself and I

I see this a lot in blogland, so I wanted to provide a quick "lesson" along with the trick I use to choose the proper pronoun.

Many people use pronouns incorrectly, especially when using "I" with another pronoun. Here's the rule... take the other party out of the sentence, and figure out which pronoun you would use. For example, "Me and Matt are going to the store." Take out the "and Matt." You wouldn't say, "Me is going the store." You would say, "I am going to the store." So, the proper grammar would be, "Matt and I are going to the store." You always put yourself last. Conversely, "This is a picture of Matt and I," or in captioning a picture, "Matt and I." You would not say, "This is a picture of I." You would say, "This is a picture of me." I'm not going to pretend like I don't trip up sometimes and use "I" when it should be "me," but this is the trick I use when I'm unsure. I think a lot of people use "I" in place of "me" even when "me" is the proper pronoun, because "I" tends to sound more intelligent. So, if you're guilty of this, remember this little rule, and you'll get it right!

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6 comments:

Kristin said...

You are too funny! I know I do this all the time. I am horrible with grammar rules.

Jessi said...

Love it! I use that rule too!!

melissa said...

A valuable lesson, indeed!

Another thing I wish people could figure out - the meaning of the word "infamous". Infamous has a negative connotation. It means notoriously bad. It is not synonymous with famous.

End rant. :)

Sara said...

Hahaha! This post cracks me up! I actually use the same trick to know which pronoun to use. I have to correct my husband all the time on this one too! I'm totally going to send him this post! Thanks for the recap!

Alyse said...

Thanks for the reminder... I always need those! You should do another post on less and fewer... That's another common error! Love you!

Brandi said...

You are such a nerd, but I use that trick as well. Love you!