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    Me or I

    Me and my friends get on well.


    I and my friends get on well.

    Which version is correct? Could you tell the main difference between 'me' and 'I' use?

    Thank you in advance:)

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    Re: Me or I

    We use "I" if we are the subject of a verb and "me" if we are the object.
    We would say " I get on well" not "me get on well".
    So "I and my friends get on well" is nearly correct - only nearly, though because convention in English is to put the other person before yourself.
    "My friends and I get on well" is correct.
    We tend to use "me" when something is done to us.
    e.g. My friends make me happy.
    The sun burned me.
    We also use "me" frequently and incorrectly in answer to questions like - "Who broke this?" "Me"
    The answer should really be "I (broke it)", but anyone who answered "I" would be looked on as a little strange.

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    Re: Me or I

    Buggles covered it pretty well, but I'll add a couple of points.

    You're going to hear phrases like "me and my friends", at least among children and the uneducated. You should never use it, because it will mark you as uneducated.

    Note the following, where English usage seems to violate grammar:

    "Who's there?"
    "It's me."

    Good luck!

    Quote Originally Posted by Tvita View Post
    Me and my friends get on well.


    I and my friends get on well.

    Which version is correct? Could you tell the main difference between 'me' and 'I' use?

    Thank you in advance:)

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    Re: Me or I

    These old canards sure are hard to get shed of.

    Grammar Puss

    Steven Pinker

    Steven Pinker is a Professor in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT. This article is taken in part from his book [The Language Instinct] (Morrow, February 1994).

    Probably no "grammatical error" has received as much scorn as "misuse" of pronoun case inside conjunctions (phrases with two parts joined by [and] or [or]). What teenager has not been corrected for saying [Me and Jennifer are going to the mall]?

    The standard story is that the object pronoun [me] does not belong in subject position -- no one would say [Me is going to the mall] -- so it should be [Jennifer and I]. People tend to misremember the advice as "When in doubt, say 'so-and-so and I', not 'so-and-so and me'," so they unthinkingly overapply it, resulting in hyper-corrected solecisms like [give Al Gore and I a chance] and the even more despised [between you and I].

    But if the person on the street is so good at avoiding [Me is going] and [Give I a break], and even former Rhodes Scholars and Ivy League professors can't seem to avoid [Me and Jennifer are going] and [Give Al and I a chance], might it not be the mavens that misunderstand English grammar, not the speakers?

    The mavens' case about case rests on one assumption: if an entire conjunction phrase has a grammatical feature like subject case, every word inside that phrase has to have that grammatical feature, too. But that is just false.

    [Jennifer] is singular; you say [Jennifer is], not [Jennifer are]. The pronoun [She] is singular; you say [She is], not [She are]. But the conjunction [She and Jennifer] is not singular, it's plural; you say [She and Jennifer are], not [She and Jennifer is.] So a conjunction can have a different grammatical number from the pronouns inside it.

    Why, then, must it have the same grammatical [case] as the pronouns inside it? The answer is that it need not. A conjunction is just not grammatically equivalent to any of its parts. If John and Marsha met, it does not mean that John met and that Marsha met. If voters give Clinton and Gore a chance, they are not giving Gore his own chance, added on to the chance they are giving Clinton; they are giving the entire ticket a chance. So just because [Al Gore and I] is an object that requires object case, it does not mean that [I] is an object that requires object case. By the logic of grammar, the pronoun is free to have any case it wants.

    [added emphasis is mine]
    Last edited by riverkid; 12-Dec-2007 at 03:20.

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