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    Having "I" in the beginning - Right or Wrong

    Hi All,

    I, my sister and Deepa went to the mall

    I know the above sentence is wrong because of the I that appears in the beginning, but I would like to know if "I" can appear in the beginning of a sentence like this when admitting mistakes.

    Eg - I, Harry and Kumar were at fault. I, Harry and Kumar accept our mistakes.

    Please correct me on this

    Many Thanks

    Daniel

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    Re: Having "I" in the beginning - Right or Wrong

    This is not an issue of grammar. It is an issue of convention. Under normal circumstances, we list ourselves last for politeness.

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    Re: Having "I" in the beginning - Right or Wrong

    But do we list ourselves first because we are ready to admit our faults or its still better to use I towards the end.

    What is commonly used in English Language?

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    Re: Having "I" in the beginning - Right or Wrong

    I would still put "I" last. If you want to put extra emphasis on yourself, you could add a sentence to that effect.

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    Re: Having "I" in the beginning - Right or Wrong

    I am not a teacher.

    It is also a question of having "I" as close to the verb as possible.

    In the example of accepting one's mistakes, it seems that a long list of culpable people ending in, "...and I accept our mistakes." does a better job of emphasising the "I" than if it were placed at the beginning.
    It also helps people prone to using "me" instead of "I" avoid making the mistake.

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    Re: Having "I" in the beginning - Right or Wrong

    Why would it be important to have "I" close to the verb?

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    Re: Having "I" in the beginning - Right or Wrong

    I am not a teacher.

    Because that is what I, as an educated BrE speaker and linguist whose opinion, while perhaps not enjoying the papal seal of approval, has nevertheless every right to be expressed with neither the belligerence nor argumentativeness characteristic of some other posters, for the sake of clarity, arguably one of the most important aspects of verbal communication, believe.

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    Re: Having "I" in the beginning - Right or Wrong

    Whatever you do, danyboy, don't make the mistake of changing I to myself – however many times you hear native speakers perpetrating this mistake.

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    Re: Having "I" in the beginning - Right or Wrong

    Quote Originally Posted by danyboy View Post
    But do we list ourselves first because we are ready to admit our faults
    I wouldn't say it's wrong to start with I, but it sounds odd because it's not the normal place for it. It doesn't make it sound like a more honest admission. The speaker is also ready to admit that the others were at fault.

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    Re: Having "I" in the beginning - Right or Wrong

    If you want to emphasise your own responsibility, you could say "I was at fault, as were Harry and Kumar. We all accept that we made a mistake".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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