Wordy Wednesday: Me, Myself and I

It can be confusing to remember which pronoun to use when referring to oneself. Hopefully, this will clear up some of that confusion.

The rules:

  • When referring to yourself and someone else, their name should always go first in the sentence. For example, “Jane and I are going shopping,” never “I and Jane” or “me and Jane.”
  • Choose “me” or “I” by removing their name and seeing which sounds right. For example, with the sentence “Jane and I are going shopping,” you wouldn’t say “me is going shopping” if it was just you; you’d say “I am going shopping.” So when talking about going with someone else, you’ll say “Jane and I”.
  • Only use “myself” if you’ve already used “I”, making you the subject of the sentence.

Incorrect:

  • Me and Jane are going shopping
  • Jane and myself are going shopping
  • Leave it to Jane and I to spend $3,000 in one shopping trip

Correct:

  • Jane and I are going shopping
  • Leave it to Jane and me to spend $3,000 in one shopping trip
  • Next time maybe I should go shopping by myself
  • I thought to myself

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