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I vs. Me

Updated: Nov 29, 2023

Have you ever asked yourself, "When should I use, 'I or me?'"


Both of these words are pronouns; from their definitions below, they look pretty similar. Take a look for yourself.


I

pronoun[first person singular] used by a speaker to refer to himself or herself: accept me for what I am.

Me

pronoun[first person singular] used by a speaker to refer to himself or herself as the object of a verb or preposition: do you understand me? | wait for me!

There you go, 'Me' is used as an object of a verb or preposition. One thing not noted is that 'I' is a subject pronoun.


So, a quick question you can ask yourself is, "Is this sentence about me doing something, or is it about someone doing something to/for me?"


The subject in a sentence is the person or thing performing the action.

The object in a sentence receives the action of a verb. Identify the object by finding the verb and then asking “what” or “whom.” See a few more rules here.


Let's take a look at two examples to illustrate this point.

  • I went to the store and bought three new books to read over summer break.

  • He went to the store and bought me three new books to read over summer break.

There are a number of other uses, but let's explore those at a later time. Till then, thank you for reading.









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