Welcome to another #GrammarSeries. Get ready to learn something new. Before we go on let’s ask a simple question; “Do you know that there is a way to use the pronouns ‘me’ and ‘I’ correctly in sentences and even speech?”
A lot of people get confused when it comes to using these pronouns appropriately. As a writer, you should not be trapped in a fix simply because of these pronouns.
The first thing you should understand is this: ‘me’ and ‘I’ are both pronouns—personal pronouns. However, they are used to perform different functions in sentences.
Now, in a sentence, you have the subject position and the object position. The subject position is occupied by the doer of the action while the object position is occupied by the receiver of the action. So, in the sentence below:
Tade slapped his sister.
The subject position is occupied by the doer of the action “Tade” while the object position is occupied by the receiver of the action “his sister.”
Now back to the personal pronouns. The personal pronoun ‘I’ occupies the subject position while the personal pronoun ‘me’ occupies the object position. Below are some examples to illustrate this point:
I talked to the butler yesterday (‘I’ is occupying the subject position here and is the doer of the action).
The proprietress handed the report card over to me in the morning (‘me’ is occupying the object position here and is the receiver of the action).
Grace and I went to the supermarket today (‘I’ here is occupying the subject position because ‘I’ is the doer of the action).
He gave the waste bins to Billy and me (‘me’ occupies the object position here because ‘me’ is the receiver of the action).
It really is that simple!