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    I and John

    Is it inappropriate to say "I and John went to school" ?
    should I say John and I ?
    what messages does each one of them imply ?
    I know it would sound like a joke if they didn't differ but someone told me this and it has made me very confused . Please answer .
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    Re: I and John

    Naming yourself last is considered polite.

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    Re: I and John

    Not only that, but "I and John ..." is just weird.

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    Re: I and John

    But the ungrammatical, though widely used, 'Me and John went to school' doesn't sound weird at all.

    Rover

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    Re: I and John

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    But the ungrammatical, though widely used, 'Me and John went to school' doesn't sound weird at all.

    Rover
    *sigh*
    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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    Re: I and John

    Quote Originally Posted by dsezdelif View Post
    Is it inappropriate to say "I and John went to school"?
    Should I say "John and I"?
    What messages message does each one of them imply?
    I know it would sound like a joke if they didn't differ but someone told me this and it has made me very confused. Please answer.
    Please note the amendments I have made to your post. Remember to follow the rules of written English:

    - Start every sentence with a capital letter.
    - End every sentence with a single punctuation mark.
    - Do not put a space before a comma, full stop, question mark or exclamation mark.
    - Always put a space after a comma, full stop, question mark or exclamation mark.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I and John

    Thank you for correcting me emsr2d2. But Is message uncountable? Can't each one of them have multiple messages?

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    Re: I and John

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    But the ungrammatical, though widely used, 'Me and John went to school' doesn't sound weird at all.

    Rover
    If you're going to be ungrammatical, why bother with the politeness?

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    Re: I and John

    Quote Originally Posted by dsezdelif View Post
    Thank you for correcting me emsr2d2. But Is message uncountable? Can't each one of them have multiple messages?
    Message can be countable - you can send text messages - but when you're talking about the meaning of something, we tend to use it uncountably.

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