#GrammarSeries – This is how to use ‘I’ or ‘me’ in a sentence

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Raise your hands if you have ever been confused about when to use the pronoun ‘I’ or ‘me.’ You are not alone. After reading this post you’ll no longer have difficulties making the right choice.

I, he, she, we, and they are known as subjective personal pronouns because they are used as the subject of a sentence, often coming in front of the verb.

For example

I live in Lagos

She went to work early.

Me, him, her, us, and them are known as objective pronouns because they are used as the object of a verb or after a preposition.

For example

Tolu spent her day with them

I bought a ticket for her

So how do you know when to use ‘I’ or ‘me?’

Let’s use this example

Sola and me went shopping

Or

Sola and I went shopping

In this sentence the personal pronoun is in the subject position, so it has to be ‘I’ not ‘me’

An easy way to check if you’ve got this right is to use the pronoun on its own. ‘Me went shopping’ or ‘Rose spent the day with I’ are both obviously incorrect

 

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