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    Me, myself and I

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    Re: Me, myself and I

    One of my American English pet peeves: people who use "myself" because they're not sure whether to say "I" or "me":

    - Myself and Renee ate at Crackerbarrel last night.
    - No one got the flu but myself and my boss.
    - No one wanted to try midnight zip-lining but myself.

    Instead of being wrong half the time, they're wrong all the time. I just don't get it.
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    Re: Me, myself and I

    What about telling us the right version??

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    Re: Me, myself and I

    Why not tell us what you think it would be?

    edit: Oh, they've gone already.

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    Re: Me, myself and I

    Quote Originally Posted by rohanasm View Post
    What about telling us the right version??
    I'm with Raymott: Can you figure out what the right words are?
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    Re: Me, myself and I

    According to the given rule, I would say "I" in all three examples. Without reading the rules, I would "naturally" say "I" in the first sentence and "me" in the other two. Would love to hear the correct version and of course the reason.

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    Re: Me, myself and I

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    - Myself and Renee ate at Crackerbarrel last night.
    - No one got the flu but myself and my boss.
    - No one wanted to try midnight zip-lining but myself.
    Quote Originally Posted by rohanasm View Post
    According to the given rule, I would say "I" in all three examples. Without reading the rules, I would "naturally" say "I" in the first sentence and "me" in the other two. Would love to hear the correct version and of course the reason.
    I is grammatically correct in number 1, but it's a very strong convention to say Renee and I, not the other way around.

    Only me works in 2 and 3.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 10-Dec-2017 at 01:24.
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    Re: Me, myself and I

    Putting 'me' after 'but' when strictly it should be 'I' is also a very strong convention.
    - "No one but my boss and I got the flu." "Me got the flu"?
    - "No one but I wanted to try midnight zip-lining."

    Here 'I' is part of the subject, "No one but I". However, if expressed as in the original, I would say 'me'.


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    Re: Me, myself and I

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Is it not 'No one (but/except/except for/with the exception of me) was hurt' in which 'me' is the object of the preceding preposition(al phrase)?
    You're right, a sentence like that is a bear.

    Since, for different reasons, neither "me" or "I" works very well there, a lot of people just rephrase with something like "I was the only one hurt."
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    Re: Me, myself and I

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Putting 'me' after 'but' when strictly it should be 'I' is also a very strong convention.
    - "No one but my boss and I got the flu." "Me got the flu"?
    - "No one but I wanted to try midnight zip-lining."

    Here 'I' is part of the subject, "No one but I". However, if expressed as in the original, I would say 'me'.
    You wouldn't get locked up for it.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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