For the record, I don't wear my "English teacher hat" except at special times. Please don't feel that you need to check your grammar when you leave me a comment. I've done professional editing and proofreading quite a bit, but I promise that I don't read your writing with a critical eye!
Now on to today's lesson. Several readers have asked me to address the question of when to use "I" and when to use "me." That's a good question, so here we go!
We'd have a difficult time using our language if it weren't for personal pronouns. Think about it: how many times a day do you use the words I, me, we, us, you, he, him, she, her, they, and them? Now imagine trying to have a conversation without using those. Yikes!
For the most part, the use of pronouns comes very naturally to us. The one troublesome point is knowing when to use subjective pronouns and when to use objective pronouns. Here's the run-down on that point:
Use a subjective pronoun (I, you, he, she, they) as the subject of a sentence or phrase or following a linking verb (is, am, are, was, were, be).
- I love chocolate.
- They left town this morning.
- This is she. (Think about how you learned to answer the phone!)
- Charlie bit me! ("Me" is the direct object of bit.)
- Pam made me a pillow. ("Me" is the indirect object of made.)
- This book is all about her. ("Her" is the object of the preposition about.)
- Mom baked cookies for Sally and me.
- Please take a picture of Sally and me.
- If you have any questions, just ask Sally or me.
- My husband and _____ (I or me) invite you to have dinner with us.
- I love this photo of my husband and _____ (I or me) from our wedding day.