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    Question of when you use "I" or "Me"

    I have an ongoing dialogue with a friend from China. Recently she asked me a question I am not sure about the answer to. It has to do with when you use "I" or "me." For instance, "Bill, Frank and I went to the store." is correct I believe. "The clerk at the store recognized Bill and me." I am also pretty sure is right but on this I am less sure. Now, her question had to do with I, me type situations also with "Neither." She was told by some english teacher in China (many of which are totally unqualified except that english is their first language) a statement like "Neither Frank nor me were accepted for the academy." is correct. I believe the correct statement is "Neither Frank nor I were accepted....."

    Thank you for any help on this matter as the first part of the question has always been a source of problems for me.

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    #2

    Re: Question of when you use "I" or "Me"

    You are right; she is wrong.


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    Re: Question of when you use "I" or "Me"

    At school we were taught that, if we werenīt sure whether to use I or me, we should form the sentence just using the first person singular. Use I if it is possible in this sentence.
    Eg.
    "My mum and I/me went shopping."
    You canīt say "Me went shopping", so you have to use "I".
    "My mum and I went shopping" is correct.

    "He gave John and I/me a present."
    You canīt say "He gave I a present", so you have to use "me".
    "He gave John and me a present" is correct.

    Does everyone agree?

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    Re: Question of when you use "I" or "Me"

    Welcome, GeoFromMilw.

    [1] Bill, Frank and I went to the store.
    [2] The clerk at the store recognized Bill and me.
    [3] Neither Frank nor me were accepted for the academy.

    Britbelle's test works well:

    [1] We went...
    [2] ...recognized us.
    [3] Frank and I were not accepted...

    Note, the verb is singular:

    [4] Neither Frank nor I was accepted... <separate>

    All the best.


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    Re: Question of when you use "I" or "Me"

    Thank you all for your replies they were very helpful and now I have good ways to back up my position. I really like that test, that is very clever. So onward we go to help the Chinese learn english properly. Of course, that means I have to learn it myself.

    Thank you again,

    George From Milwaukee
    geofrommilw


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    Re: Question of when you use "I" or "Me"

    Glad Iīve been able to help!

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