i vs me vs myself : Common Errors in English

About i vs me vs myself

In the old days when people studied traditional grammar, we could simply say, “The first person singular pronoun is ‘I’ when it’s a subject and ‘me’ when it’s an object,” but now few people know what that means. Let’s see if we can apply some common sense here. The misuse of “I” and “myself” for “me” is caused by nervousness about “me.” Educated people know that “Jim and me are goin’ down to slop the hogs,” is not elegant speech, not “correct.” It should be “Jim and I” because if I were slopping the hogs alone I would never say “Me is going. . . .” If you refer to yourself first, the same rule applies: It’s not “Me and Jim are going” but “I and Jim are going.”So far so good. But the notion that there is something wrong with “me” leads people to overcorrect and avoid it where it is perfectly appropriate. People will say “The document had to be signed by both Susan and I” when the correct statement would be, “The document had to be signed by both Susan and me.” All this confusion can easily be avoided if you just remove the second party from the sentences where you feel tempted to use “myself” as an object or feel nervous about “me.” You wouldn’t say, “The IRS sent the refund check to I,” so you shouldn’t say “The IRS sent the refund check to my wife and I” either. Trying even harder to avoid the lowly “me,” many people will substitute “myself,” as in “the suspect uttered epithets at Officer O’Leary and myself.” Conservatives often object to this sort of use of “myself” when “me” or “I” would do. It’s usually appropriate to use “myself” when you have used “I” earlier in the same sentence: “I am not particularly fond of goat cheese myself.” “I kept half the loot for myself.” “Myself” is also fine in expressions like “young people like myself” or “a picture of my boyfriend and myself.” In informal English, beginning a sentence with “myself” to express an opinion is widely accepted: “Myself, I can’t stand dried parmesan cheese.” In all of these instances you are emphasizing your own role in the sentence, and “myself” helps do that.On a related point, those who continue to announce “It is I” have traditional grammatical correctness on their side, but they are vastly outnumbered by those who proudly boast “it’s me!” There’s not much that can be done about this now. Similarly, if a caller asks for Susan and Susan answers “This is she,” her somewhat antiquated correctness is likely to startle the questioner into confusion.

i Meaning(s)

  • (n) a nonmetallic element belonging to the halogens; used especially in medicine and photography and in dyes; occurs naturally only in combination in small quantities (as in sea water or rocks)
  • (n) the smallest whole number or a numeral representing this number
  • (n) the 9th letter of the Roman alphabet
  • (s) used of a single unit or thing; not two or more

me Meaning(s)

  • (n) a state in New England

i in News

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    This new addition to the C.H.I. garage door product line, which is available in Realtree™ Xtra Green, gives homeowners more great reasons to work and play in their garage. (PRWeb June 13, 2013) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/6/prweb10759392.htm
    on June 13, 2013 Source: PRWeb

  2. I-91 Northbound, two lanes reopened

    BREAKING NEWS: A serious accident on I-91 in Northampton is causing traffic problems for the morning commute.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: WWLP Springfield

  3. CB&I sign comes off Edison Plaza

    CB&I sign comes off Edison Plaza Beaumont Enterprise Copyright 2013 Beaumont Enterprise. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 8:51 am, Wednesday, June 12, 2013 When CB&I occupied a couple of floors in Edison Plaza, the longtime home of electric utility Entergy Texas, the industrial construction company decided to place its ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Beaumont Enterprise

me in News

  1. ‘Look at me’: Rapist charged with exposing self at Seattle park

    ‘Look at me’: Rapist charged with exposing self at Seattle park A rapist accused of displaying himself to children at a Seattle park has been charged with indecent exposure.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: seattlepi.com

  2. Despicable Me 2: New Clip -- Watch Now!

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    on June 12, 2013 Source: Just Jared Jr.

  3. Color Me Rad 5K Race This Weekend

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    on June 11, 2013 Source: KTHV Little Rock

myself in News

  1. Mumbai's Endangered Mannequins

    Even the most ardent supporters of Mumbai (and I count myself as one) will admit that the creaking infrastructure of India’s financial capital is fast making the city a tough place to live in. Atrocious traffic jams, potholed roads and water cuts are par for the course. As I tell my friends in other cities, my Bombay ( I stubbornly refer to it by its old name) has become Slumbay.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Forbes

  2. Jonwayne Humbles Himself Over a Vintage J Dilla Beat on 'Notes to Myself'

    Rising Los Angeles rapper Jonwayne announced his forthcoming  Marion Morrison mixtape today by sharing "Notes to Myself," a rock-solid new cut that finds him going in over a vintage J Dilla beat...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Spin

  3. WR Welker: 'I can be myself a little more' in Denver

    WR Welker: 'I can be myself a little more' in Denver
    on June 10, 2013 Source: CBS Sports

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