I or me ? πŸ˜«

When to use I and when to use me ?

This can be confusing for both native speakers and non- native speakers of English 😩

To start with, let’s do a little quiz πŸ“

Which sentences are correct ?

  1. Me and my friends love learning English with our fabulous teacher!
  2. My teacher told my friend and me off for talking in class.
  3. My teacher and I discussed how to improve my essay writing skills.
  4. Could you please email my friends and I the lesson notes ?

Let’s see how you did!

  1. Me and my friends love learning English with our fabulous teacher! ❌
  2. My teacher told my friend and me off for talking in class. βœ”οΈ
  3. My teacher and I discussed how to improve my essay writing skills. βœ”οΈ
  4. Could you please email my friends and I the lesson notes? ❌

Now, let’s take a look at why these sentences are correct or incorrect.

First of all, I is a subject pronoun and me is an object pronoun.
Please note: The subject of a sentence is the person or thing doing the action in the sentence or what the rest of the sentence is about. The object of a sentence is the person or thing the action is happening to.

So, let’s look at the sentences again.

  1. Me and my friends love learning English with our fabulous teacher! ➑️ Me and my friends = subject in this sentence and me is an object pronoun so this is why it is incorrect.
  2. My teacher told my friend and me off for talking in class.➑️ My friend and me =object in this sentence and me is an object pronoun so it is correct.
  3. My teacher and I discussed how to improve my essay writing skills. ➑️My teacher and I = subject in this sentence and I is a subject pronoun so it is correct.
  4. Could you please email my friends and I the lesson notes ?➑️My friends and I=object in this sentence and I is a subject pronoun so it is incorrect.

So, next time you are confused about which personal pronoun to use , think about whether you are the subject or the object in the sentence.

I hope this has helped you to know when to use I and when to use me 😊

Published by rachelkimschultz

I have been in the ESL industry for over 25 years , first starting out teaching English in Japan after I graduated from university . I have taught English in Australia for about 20 years to many different nationalities which I love and I have also taught TESOL Certificate IV so I am a teacher trainer as well. I have worked as an academic manager for about 8 years, managing, training and supporting teachers. I love teaching all levels of English and enjoy teaching TOEIC ,IELTS and Cambridge Exam (PET, FCE and CAE) preparation courses.

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