Writing Tips, Grammar, and Punctuation
From early on many of us are taught that saying “you and I” is the proper way to form an idea and that “you and me” sounds clumsy and informal. As a rule of thumb, most people just remember to say “I” all the time. Part of this is likely because we used to say things like “It is I!” Did you know, however, that there are times when doing this is technically incorrect? As awkward as it may seem at first, there are circumstances where “me” is better.
The trick with this pronoun conundrum is to remove the other person from the sentence and ask yourself which pronoun makes the most sense. It’s a grammar rule that may be a little strange to follow at first.
How About Some Examples?
“John and I spent the afternoon fishing,” is correct because if you removed John from the sentence, saying “I spent the afternoon fishing” still makes sense.
“Would you like to come fishing with John and I?” is technically incorrect, because without John you’re asking “Would you like to come fishing with I?” Alone, this sentence obviously must read “Would you like to come fishing with me?” Therefore, in this case the correct usage is “Would you like to come fishing with me and John?”
Can you think of any other examples where the “I” and “me” might be confusing? Share your own grammar and writing tips!