This is not a post about selfishness! No, this post will focus on whether to use ‘I’, ‘me’ or ‘myself’ in a sentence. Choosing the wrong one is one of the most common grammar mistakes people make.
I Me And Myself
Somewhere down the line, people seem to have got the notion that we shouldn’t use the word ‘me’. I often see sentences like ‘Can you leave a message with Pablo or I? or “Please give the plates to Bindu and myself.” Both sentences are incorrect, no matter how ‘right’ they might sound.
So how does this work?
Rule 1 : Use ‘I’ when referring to yourself in the subject of a sentence – when you are the one taking action.
“I sent him an e-mail.”
Where’s the confusion then? Usually when you add another person to the subject.
Want an easy fix? When you can’t decide whether you should use I, me or myself in combination with another person in the sentence, temporarily remove the other person and see which one sounds right.
See how it works here:
Which one of these is correct? Remove the other person to see which one sounds best.
- Bindu and I went for dinner.
- Bindu and me went for dinner
- Bindu and myself went for dinner
If you remove Bindu, you have a choice between ‘I went for dinner, ‘Me went for dinner’ or ‘Myself went for dinner.’ It’s then easy to see that Sentence 1 is correct.
Rule 2: Also remember, “me” should be used when someone else will perform the action to, or for, you.
If you forget this rule, try removing the other person. Which of these is correct? Remove Pablo and decide.
- Can you leave a message with Pablo or I?
- Can you leave a message with Pablo or me?
- Can you leave a message with Pablo or myself?
When you remove Pablo, you have a choice between ‘Can you leave a message with I?’ ‘Can you leave a message with me?’ or ‘Can you leave a message with myself?’ Obviously, Sentence 2 is correct.
Rule 3: “Myself” should only be used when you are performing the action on yourself. No one else can do anything to yourself.
Here are a few examples of how “myself” can be used correctly:
“I want feed myself today”
“I’ll wash the clothes myself.”
“I got some food for Pablo and myself” (If confused, remove Pablo from the sentence and see how it sounds.)
Simple enough? Always remember: I, me and myself are not interchangeable!’
Now for today’s prompt – yes, it’s Wednesday, remember? It’s pretty obvious what the prompt is:
I, me and myself
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