Which One Is It? Me, Myself, and I

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The misuse of me, myself, and I is generally caused by not understanding when to use the pronoun me. You’ve probably learned that I is always the subject of sentences–never me. Because people sometimes do not remember that fact, they overcorrect and avoid using me even when it is correct to do so. People also seem to feel more comfortable saying myself instead of me when me is actually correct. To clarify the use of the pronouns me, myself, and I, let’s review the grammatical rules for each:

The pronoun I functions as the subject of sentences.

A common mistake occurs when the subject of a sentence includes a noun and a pronoun. To test for correctness, remove the noun and examine for correctness.

My friend and I tried the paleo diet. (Me is never the subject.)

The pronoun me functions as the object of verbs and prepositions.

The most common mistake occurs when the object includes another noun plus the pronoun. Ignore the extra noun and then check for correctness.

Please call Jason and me when you arrive. (The pronoun me functions as the object of the verb call).

Send the forms to Lea and me. (The pronoun me functions as the object of the

preposition to.)

The reflexive pronoun myself must reflect on another noun or pronoun in the sentence.

The most common mistake occurs when myself is substituted for me because it seems more polite or more correct. But it isn’t!

You may give your donation either to Jon or myself me. (Never substitute myself for me. Remember that myself is correct only when it refers to a previously mentioned noun or pronoun, such as I myself am collecting donations.)

In the following sentences, choose the correct pronoun.

  1. Because we had overpaid, the IRS sent a refund check to my wife and (I, me, myself).
  1. My friend and (I, me, myself) both rejected the lentil loaf for our evening meal.
  1. Please remove the picture of my boyfriend and (I, me, myself) that appeared on your Facebook page.
  1. The employment counselor said that networking would work better for (I, me, myself) than searching the Web for a job.
  1. I was told that LinkedIn was the No. 1 social media site for (I, me, myself) to use in establishing my online presence.

In the remaining sentences, correct any errors in pronouns. Mark C if the sentence is correct.

  1. Do you know whether any messages were left for Michelle or myself?
  1. Jade and me heard that working as a freelancer or as a temporary employee is becoming more common today.
  1. I told our customer that she could always call the manager or me if she had any questions.
  1. Many complaints that were sent to Sam and I should have gone to the manufacturer instead.
  1. Can you meet my partner and myself in the baggage area as soon as our plane arrives?
  1. Your competed application form must be sent to Dr. Rivera or I before March 15.
  1. The agreement between the boss and myself was reached after my performance review.
  1. To prepare for our study abroad trip, Amanda and me took a conversational Spanish class.
  1. If the manager had just called Mike or myself, the problem could have been solved immediately.
  1. Although we are adventuresome, Rachel and me did not care for the seaweed and kale

Key

  1. Because we had overpaid, the IRS sent a refund check to my wife and me. (The pronoun me functions as the object of the preposition Ignore my wife and.)
  1. My friend and I rejected the lentil loaf for our evening meal. (The pronoun I functions as the sentence subject. Ignore My friend and.)
  1. Please remove the picture of my boyfriend and me that appeared on your Facebook page. (The pronoun me functions as the object of the preposition of. Ignore my boyfriend and.)
  1. The employment counselor said that networking would work better for me than searching the Web for a job. (The pronoun me functions as the object of the preposition for. Do not choose myself because the sentence has no pronoun or noun that it would reflect on.)
  1. I was told that LinkedIn was the No. 1 social media site for me to use in establishing my online presence. (The pronoun me functions as the object of the preposition me.)
  1. Do you know whether any messages were left for Michelle or me?
  1. Jade and I heard that working as a freelancer or as a temporary employee is becoming more common today.
  2. C.
  1. Many complaints that were sent to Sam and me should have gone to the manufacturer instead.
  1. Can you meet my partner and me in the baggage area as soon as our plane arrives?
  1. Your competed application form must be sent to Rivera or me before March 15.
  1. The agreement between the boss and me was reached after my performance review. (The preposition between requires an objective pronoun )
  1. To prepare for our study abroad trip, Amanda and I took a conversational Italian class.
  1. If the manager had just called Mike or me, the problem could have been solved immediately.
  1. Although we are adventuresome, Rachel and I did not care for the seaweed and kale smoothie.

Me,Myself,I-Key

Me, Myself, I-exercise

 

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