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    My wife and I OR I and my wife

    I and my wife would like to thank you for helping my daughter pass her English Language exam.

    Should I use 'My wife and I...'? I was taught that it is more polite to put 'I' last. However, in the case, I feel that 'I" should be used first as I am thanking the person first and my wife is secondary.

    Am I correct in my analysis?

    Thanks.

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    Re: My wife and I OR I and my wife

    I would like to thank you for helping my daughter pass her English Language exam.

    My wife and I would like to thank you for helping our daughter pass her English Language exam.

    "My wife and I" is preferred by native speakers. It just seems to flow better than your alternative.

    John

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