I vs. Me
You can contact I if you have any questions.
Uh, what? We KNOW that’s not right, right? It just plain sounds goofy, doesn’t it? Well, what if we switch it around, make the subject plural (my partner and I), and put it at the end?
You can can contact my partner and
I(me) if you have any questions.
- Remove the other person and ask yourself if it makes sense:
~You can contact I if you have any questions. That doesn’t sound right, so we would use me–
~You can contact me if you have any questions.
- We tend to want to use “I” in cases like this when we are being formal, because we think it sounds professional. For whatever reason, “I” just sounds more formal than “me.” Regardless, it is incorrect.
- This is the sentence correctly written: You can contact my partner and me if you have any questions.
It was my friend and
me(I) who won the tickets to the concert during the radio contest.
- If in doubt, simplify or restructure the sentence:
~My friend won the tickets…
~I won the tickets…
~My friend and I won the tickets…
- In our example above, the verb tied to the pronoun me is won. If we ask Who or What “won,” we would say “I won,” not “me won.” I is always a subject pronoun of a verb; me is always an object pronoun of a verb.
The Grammar Rules…
- I is always a subject pronoun–who or what is “verbing.” I walked to the store. Who walked? I walked.
- Me is always an object pronoun of a verb–to whom or from whom the action is being done:David gave the ball to me.
~Who gave? David (subject)
~To whom? –Me (object)