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    Smile The use of I & me

    I was wondering what it the proper use of I and me?

    For example, which is proper grammar:

    Mark and I bought it for her
    or
    Mark and me bought it for her

    Another one is
    It's from Mark and I
    or
    It's from Mark and me

    ???

    Thank you in advance for your time!

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    Re: The use of I & me

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    I was wondering what it the proper use of I and me?

    For example, which is proper grammar:

    Mark and I bought it for her
    or
    Mark and me bought it for her

    Another one is
    It's from Mark and I
    or
    It's from Mark and me

    ???

    Thank you in advance for your time!
    .
    Mark and I bought it for her. --> I is one of the subjects of the sentence.
    .
    It's from Mark and me. --> Me is an object.
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    Prescreptive grammarians would state than one form is wrong; however, a descriptive approach will consider both as correct.

    Semantically speaking you can use either.

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    Re: The use of I & me

    I agree that you will hear all of the possibilities in informal English. However, I would strongly advise following rules for "correct" grammar (which I indicated in my first post) if you are asked these sorts of questions on a test or are speaking/writing in a more formal situation.
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    I'd also like to mention that even descriptive grammarians usually manage to get the subject and object pronouns right -- despite their fondness for descriptive grammar.

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    Wink Re: The use of I & me

    Don't you think that grammar change over time. No one today speaks shakespeare's English, yet no one including the queen of England can claim people are speaking the incorrect English.

    Personally, I think that there should be no "Correct grammar". Grammar should be defined as the subconscious knowledge speakers have in their mind.
    I might be wrong, but that's how I perceive it.

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