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    Default me vs I

    Good day teachers!
    Could someone pls help me when to use I and me.
    Me and Marta are going to the market.
    Marta and I are going to play.
    Are those sentences correct?
    Steven: I want cake.
    Richard: Me too. - is this reply correct?

    Please discuss further teachers. Thanks!

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    Default Re: me vs I

    Quote Originally Posted by smelvanzq View Post
    Good day teachers!
    Could someone pls help me when to use I and me.
    Me I and Marta are going to the market.
    Marta and I are going to play. OK
    Are those sentences correct?
    Steven: I want cake.
    Richard: Me too. - is this reply correct? OK

    Please discuss further teachers. Thanks!
    Me -> object pronoun
    I -> subject pronoun

    For subject purposes use I, as in "Marta and I are going to play".

    The expression "me too" above is correct because it is idiomatic, everybody uses it this way.

    PS Not a native speaker

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    Default Re: me vs I

    Grammatically, there's no reason not to say "I and Marta" but in practice, you will almost ALWAYS hear "Marta and I."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: me vs I

    Still a bit confused.

    Me either.
    I either.
    Boy1: Its you!
    Boy2: Who? Me? - Who? I?

    More examples please teachers. Thanks

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    Pronouns following copulas/linking verbs are in the subject case too. At least, according to grammar. This rule is flouted a lot. Consider the following dialogues:

    (telephone rings)
    A: Hello?
    B: Hi, is A there?
    A: This is her. (incorrect)
    or
    A: This is she. (correct)

    So, 'it is I' is correct, not 'it is me'. Although, I say 'it is me' far more than I say 'it is I', and I'm sure that I'm not alone in disowning this rule.

    I agree with ymnisky - 'me too' is idiomatic. As is any other response like this such as 'me either/neither'.

    However, if you said the response fully - it is ellipctical as it is now - it would be 'I' that is used:

    Steven: I want cake.
    Richard: I too want cake.

    Generally, though, follow the I = subject, me - object rule.

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