When do you use "I" and when do you use "me"?
It is a common occurrence to hear the incorrect usage of "I" and "me". This is one of the simplest grammar corrections. "I" is a pronoun that must be the subject of a verb. "Me" is a pronoun that must be the object of the verb. The easiest way to decipher the two is to remove the other noun from the sentence and see if it still makes sense.
Examples of the correct use of "I"
- Georgia and I went to the beach this weekend.
By removing the other noun, it becomes "I went to the beach this weekend." "Me went to the beach this weekend" doesn't make sense.
- She and I have to make a cake.
"I have to make a cake." "She has to make a cake." "Her has to make a cake" and "Me has to make a cake" do not make sense.
Examples of the correct use of "me"
- Please come with Julia and me to the park.
Removing Julia make this: "Please come with me to the park." "Please come with I to the park" doesn't make sense.
- I heard the teacher talking about him and me.
"I heard the teacher talking about me" and "I heard the teacher talking about him." "I heard the teacher talking about I," or "I heard the teacher talking about he" doesn't make sense.
The Definitive Guide to Grammar: Strunk and White
Thoughts, Comments or Questions?
Sharice on November 04, 2014:
Robin, thank you so much. Actually I already put "I" rather than "me" but someone commented on my grammar and got me confused. But now I'm confident with my answer :)
Robin Edmondson (author) from San Francisco on November 04, 2014:
"He's taller than I" is the correct sentence. You could finish the sentence to double check: "He's taller than I am tall." You wouldn't say, "He's taller than me is tall." so you know that "I" is the correct word. :)
Sharice on November 04, 2014:
what do you think is right? "He's way more taller than I" or "He's way more taller than me"
Elizabeth Parker from Las Vegas, NV on July 09, 2013:
Helpful hub. Many people struggle with grammar.
Nina on July 24, 2012:
which is correct
She likes pineapple more than him.
She likes pineapple more than he.
Glenn on June 15, 2012:
Simple Rule 1:
Remove other people from the sentence - whichever is correct in that sentence is also correct when using multiple subjects. It's also polite and therefore proper to put yourself after others in a multi-subject sentence.
Simple Rule 2:
In situations where "she" or "he" would be correct, "I" would be correct.
In situations where "her" or "him" would be correct, "me" would be correct.
Meg on February 27, 2012:
Re: Depak Dalhan- it is My friend and I were not going to the market.
Meg on February 27, 2012:
Which one is correct? "My sister is braver than I" or "My sister is braver than me"?
Walter on February 18, 2012:
I didn't read every post here, but enough of them that I wanted to chime in.
The justification for using a particular form of a pronoun should be pure grammar, not whether it "sounds right" or "makes sense." With the way so many people speak today, one almost can no longer trust whether something sounds right. "I," "she," and "he" are examples of the nominative (subjective) forms of the pronoun, whereas "me," "her," and "him" are the accusative (objective) forms. One needs to learn where and why these forms are correctly used; then there is no question.
The accusative is used as the object or indirect object of a verb, the object of a preposition (such as "with" or "for" or "by"), etc. The nominative is used as the subject of a sentence or clause, for example. Then there are verbs like "to be" which can be followed by a pronoun ("it is I"), but that pronoun is not the object of the verb and should be in the nominative case. (Here it is a predicate pronoun following a linking verb, where the predicate renames the subject.)
These are just a few examples. My point is that to be sure we have our grammar correct we have to actually learn the rules of grammar because we were probably never taught them properly (or at all) in school!
Arnur on December 23, 2011:
On the other hand, in Wikipedia we find an interesting article
"While no strong arguments other than widespread acceptance are made for the use of colloquial "it is me" ("it is him", "he is taller than him", etc) in written speech in Joseph Crayton's works, other grammarians, among whom were Baker (1770), Campbell (1776), and Lindley Murray (1795), give the reason why the first person pronoun must be "I" rather than "me": it is a nominative that is equivalent to the subject, and as such they prove that it must always be in the nominative (subjective) case. These three partisans of the nominative case, Baker, Campbell, and Murray, were the commentators whose preachments were accepted as gospel by the schoolmasters.
Joseph Priestley justified the colloquial usage on the grounds of good writers using it often:
All our grammarians say, that the nominative cases pronouns ought to follow the verb substantive as well as precede it; yet any familiar forms of speech, and example of some of our best writers, would lead us to make a contrary rule; or, at least, would leave us at liberty to adopt which we liked best.
It can be inferred that the colloquial preference for "it is me" could be receiving such widespread use due to rejecting the model of Latin, where the complement of the copula is in the nominative case."
So, 'He is taller than me' or 'It's me' are incorrect sentences, but the evil is so widespread that it almost justifies this misuse. As for me, from now on I'll use the correct variant (it sounds more natural for me, because my native language is Russian).
Arnur on December 23, 2011:
In many comments here it was stated that sentences like "He is taller than me" are incorrect. However, in Raymond Murphy's 'English Grammar in Use' we can see the following:
"We usually say
You are taller than me. (not 'than I')
After 'than/as' it is more usual to say 'me/him/her/them/us' when there is no verb. Compare:
You are taller than I am.
You are taller than me.
They have more money than we have.
They have more money than us.
I can't run as fast as he can.
I can't run as fast as him."
Heather on December 22, 2011:
Stacie, you are unfortunately correct in saying "who really cares"? I am disgusted at the lack of caring about our language. What you don't seem to realize is, what comes out of your mouth is a direct reflection of your education,intelligence and class. How can people not care that they might sound like an uneducated idiot? A while ago I heard someone on TV say "I'm so excited about JACK AND I'S baby coming !! My head almost exploded !! I have recently heard this same phrase two other times, so would Robin please address this and provide the correct way of phrasing? Would it be right to say JACK'S AND MY BABY, or just our baby? Thank you !!
Stacie on December 09, 2011:
When it's all said and done, who really cares? Years ago everyone worried about correct grammar. In this day of age, I'm sure half of society does not speak properly! Adios!
Deepak Dahlan on December 02, 2011:
Please help, which is correct:
My friend and I was not going to market.
me and my friend was not going to market.
I and my friend was not going to market.
Farid Khan on November 28, 2011:
What does this rule mean?
"While comparing two persons, the pronoun used later will be the same as the subject."
Its example is: She is wiser than I am.
Please explain the rule.
Lucifa on November 17, 2011:
Jayja: Second one. Remove the 'Sean and' from both versions and which one sounds correct?
JayJa on November 16, 2011:
Hi - which is correct, Sean and me will come to the office tomorrow, or Sean and I will come to office tomorrow?
Pavielle on November 09, 2011:
I have read emails stating, "Please contact John or myself." Is this correct?
prabhash nath on November 04, 2011:
i have a confusion. Can you clear it to me. What is the mistake in below sentence
He did not ever tell me about him
Please correct me
email@example.com on September 15, 2011:
Does one say 'only I' or 'only me'?
jcho on September 13, 2011:
hey! i had a question about whether i'm supposed to say "she looks like me" or "she looks like i." i was taught that it was "me," but then i thought about the verb "do" being implied. can you please explain? thank you!
David on September 12, 2011:
Sunny, I think it should read "Sam and me" because if you took "Sam" out, then the sentence would reaad "with me", not "with I"
Hope it helps.
Sunny Brook on August 14, 2011:
James Smith, son of Bill Smith, with Sam and I in Atlanta at the movie.
Is this correct?
Lucifa42 on July 19, 2011:
What about a sentence like "John and I are going to the airport"
Me are going...
I are going...?
Pup on June 13, 2011:
I just heard President Obama say, "If it was me, I would have resigned."
Now, I know that is subjunctive case (An if statement), so I know he SHOULD have said, "If it were me . . ."
What I am unsure of, is if the pronoun "me" should have been "I." So should he have said, "If it were I, I would have resigned." Or should it have been (which sounds better to me): "If it were me, I would have resigned."
Kelly on June 01, 2011:
Just an FYI- As I was reading many of your entries it kept striking my attention that many of you need to brush up on proper comma and quotation usage.
Commas with Quotations
Commas are used to set off the "he said/she said" clause. The comma always goes before the quotation marks.
Incorrect: Henrietta asked "Do you want to go with me?"
(Comma must set off "she said" clause.)
Incorrect: Henrietta asked",Do you want to go with me?"
(Comma must go before quotation mark.)
Correct: Henrietta asked,"Do you want to go with me?"
Incorrect: "I will go with you",Jane replied.
(Comma must go before quotation mark.)
Correct: "I will go with you,"Jane replied.
Correct: "Anyway," she said, "I have to go."
(Note the pattern when the clause is in the middle.)
A comma is not used to set off a "he said/she said" clause if the part of the quotation preceding the clause ends with a question mark or exclamation point.
Incorrect: "Why did you do that?," he asked.
(Comma not necessary)
Correct: "Why did you do that?" he asked.
Correct: "Hey!" he screamed. "Come back here!"
(Note that the question mark or exclamation point goes with the quotation, not with the "he said/she said" clause.)
LondonJames on March 18, 2011:
Elizabeth J. said:
'This is a question about using I or me. In this passage, "and so we cuddled, my kitten and I.", is "I" correct?'
I am British but in regards to the question, I don't think the grammar would be different here in this case.
As the extract is not a complete sentence it is hard to answer with complete certainty but the correct form would be “my kitten and I”. I think I am right in my deductions; “my kitten and I” is a clause which looks passive as it comes at the end of the sentence, but is in fact active – it is just that it has been displaced to the end of the sentence to connote an afterthought or to foreground the kitten and person scene. The subject is “we”, or rather (specifically) “kitten and I”. One way to be able to see this as correct is to rearrange the sentence in a simpler form, i.e.: “My kitten and I cuddled [each other]”. Using the rule Robin pointed out, we remove “my kitten and” and we get “I cuddled...” rather than the incorrect “Me cuddled...”. I hope this wasn’t too difficult to understand and I hope it helps.
JH on February 14, 2011:
In answer to a question: "In the drawer unit behind Keith and I."
Is that correct? A particular pedant informs me that it isn't, but I don't at this stage agree. Thoughts welcome!
Cheryl on February 07, 2011:
Okay, what about in the sentence: "It took my friend and I a lot of time to build our tree house."
Would it be corrcet to say, "my friend and me", since you'd say "it took me a lot of time..."?
Rebecca Grace on January 19, 2011:
I was showing a class picture to my son, pointed myself out and said, "Here is me." Should I have said, "Here am I?" Would "This is me" have been correct?
lollerskate on January 03, 2011:
I can Haz cheezbugrer, not
Me Haz cheezbuger... can. ^_^
R.D.Noslip on December 18, 2010:
Just got some wingstop for Kevin and I. ? Mmmmmmm
Is this the correct way to write that ???
Because it seems to me that it should read like this..
Just got some wingstop for Kevin and myself.
Barbara on December 18, 2010:
Don: According to the possessive rule, yes, "my wife's and my flight" is correct if you really need to differentiate between your flight and someone else's. "Jim and his brother are flying in early, but my wife's and my flight arrives at noon." Otherwise, you'd probably just say "our flight."
Don on December 03, 2010:
Thanks - that clears things up. Also, is this correct: my wife's and my flight arrives at noon?
Barbara on December 03, 2010:
In the arriving flight example, I was taught that both (or all) names in a construction like this one should be possessive: Lauren's and my flight.. You wouldn't say "Lauren flight," you'd say "Lauren's flight.
Diana on November 28, 2010:
Lauren and my flight arrives at noon. Consider this, if Lauren were not flying with you, wouldn't you simply say, "My flight arrives at noon"?
My sister, God bless her, made a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner. At dinner, she corrected my eight year old's usage of the pronoun "me", but unfortunately, my sister's correction was incorrect. My daughter's usage of the pronoun 'me' as the object of the verb was correct. My niece's boyfriend, mumbled that my daughter was right, but neither of us spoke up, lest we ruin our Thanksgiving dinner in telling her that her correction of the eight year old was incorrect.
Funny, isn't it?
Don on November 16, 2010:
How should I say, Lauren and I's flight arrives at noon? Is it, me and Lauren's flight arrives at noon?
David on October 27, 2010:
I even hear news commentators say atrocious things like "for John and I"...it comes from a false sense of elegance. Americans trying to sound smart and just being fools...as usual. And I"m an American.
Garrett on October 23, 2010:
Me, Sam, Betty, and Todd went to the party or Sam, Betty, odd, and I went to the party.
NathanUT on October 12, 2010:
OK, I know I vs. me, but I want to know what "the book" says about placing yourself last in a list. As in, "George and I went to the store," or "This house belongs to Jill and me." I know those are both correct. What I want to know is, is it a RULE that says you must place yourself last in the list, or is it etiquette that says so? Would it be incorrect to say "This house belongs to me and Jill"? Does it have to be "This house belongs to Jill and me"?
Nigel on October 04, 2010:
should one use I or me in the following sentence?
"John can run faster than I."
Brenda on September 28, 2010:
I read all the comments, and I'm still not sure. If you are posting a picture on Facebook, should you use "my sister and me" or my sister and I" as a caption. Thank you.
Gerry on September 28, 2010:
What is with people using "goes" as a replacement for "said or says" as:
My mom goes, "Come home early."
I go, "Why can't I stay out later than 11:00?"
She goes, "Because I worry when you're out late.
I go, "Well don't worry."
So I went, "Well, then can I leave early?"
She went, "Yes, that is o.k."
I went, "Thank you."
Betty on September 18, 2010:
All info. helpful. I need to know when using a sentence like the following should it be me or myself.
Because of this, Ann, Emily, Cande, and myself/me just wanted to give back to two deserving people.
Denise on September 07, 2010:
"Where was I?"
Can you explain the gramatical aspects of this sentence?
Lila McGrew on September 07, 2010:
THANK YOU! This has become one of my biggest pet peeves on the internet - Facebook in particular. You explained it well and I linked you for the edification of my family and friends. Basically, if you take everyone out of the sentence with the exception of yourself and it doesn't sound right, it isn't.
marl on August 15, 2010:
would you say, that is a picture of sam and i
or a picture of sam and me?
Pamela on August 05, 2010:
this is very helpful. Thanks a lot!
Monisha on July 09, 2010:
why are we using somewhere I and somewhere I am? what is thegrammar of this usage?plz xplain
luisv714 from Garden Grove, CA on June 23, 2010:
Thanks a lot for the clear up.
mmpo from Dallas, TX on June 22, 2010:
Use "I." "Aiden and I" is a plural subject requiring the plural verb, "are."
luisv714 from Garden Grove, CA on June 22, 2010:
What about in an "are" sentence. For example, "Aiden and I are wearing matching shirts," versus, "Aiden and me are wearing matching shirts."
Christine on June 07, 2010:
Please.... when posting a picture on facebook.... Should you write: "John and Me" or John and I?"
J on June 01, 2010:
Could you please help with this inviation sentence:
"You're invited to come to a house party for my new roommate and I."
Is it "I" or "me" at the closure of said sentence. Many, many thanks.
hurrican on May 27, 2010:
Thanks for clearing that up!
Oliver on May 20, 2010:
I had this argument with a friend today so i thought i'd look it up to be sure, it seems i'm right.
To Revell, I would say 'Julian and Me' is correct. I think of it along the lines of if you remove 'Julian' what would you write. 'I' wouldn't make sense but 'Me' would.
Personally i don't really care when people say or write 'me' when it should be 'I' but it does bother me when people use 'I' incorrectly as it just sounds pretentious and actually makes you sound stupid. Just an opinion of 'I' of course.
Revell on May 12, 2010:
When adding information to a picture you've posted, is it correct to say "Julian and I" or "Julian and me" as the subjects of the picture.
kasia on May 05, 2010:
this is really smart half of the time but this is so stupid u need to use more example because some people do have homework to do lady or who eva made dis web site :(
Ryan on April 19, 2010:
He became just as excited as I.
He became just as excited as me.
Martin on April 17, 2010:
"Barbie is prettier than me" is incorrect. Complete the sentence by saying, "Barbie is prettier than I am." You wouldn't say, "Barbie is prettier than me am."
Tuesday03 on April 08, 2010:
I took a grammar quiz on here, and got this wrong'
"Barbie is prettier than me." (incorrect) but I dont know why. The replace test doesn't work in this example. It sounds correct to me.
Anthony on April 05, 2010:
So explain what would be used correctly..
Most of my daughters gifts came from my mother and I.
Most of my daughters gifts came from my mother and me.
David on March 29, 2010:
Jessica, reading through the previous comments, It does not seem to me that you have the same question as Karen.
"They cannot all be like me." [object vs subject]
"Jamie is a hardworking student, just like you and I (are)."
Jessica on March 18, 2010:
I have the same question as Karen.
My sentence is:
Jamie is a hardworking student, just like you and (me or I).
Karen on March 03, 2010:
Which is correct?
"They cannot all be like me"
"They cannot all be like I"
Hazmatt on February 19, 2010:
Your conclusion is correct, but how you came to it is flawed. "It is me" is not correct. If the pronoun follows a linking verb (am, is, are, was, were, be, been, being), it should be a subject verb. If someone calls and asks for you by name, you would say, "This is he," not, "This is him." Likewise, "It is I," or, "This is I" are correct. Therefore, because photo captions are not complete sentences, the question you should ask is what sentence is being implied. One choice is, "This is Bob and I." From this, using "Bob and I" for the caption would be valid. However, a more complete sentence would be, "This is a picture of Bob and me." So, I think "Bob and me" would be more appropriate.
"Let" is an action verb. You would use "me" over "I." It should be easy to tell if you take out Bob. You wouldn't say, "Let I know." You would say, "Let me know." And as long as we're talking about grammar, you should have written "sent to us" instead of "send to us," although I'm sure that was just a typo. I would have typed, "It's should" if I hadn't double checked.
momto2girlz on January 26, 2010:
My coworkers and I have a question from an email send to us. At the end of her email, my boss wrote, "If you have any questions or concerns, please let either Bob or I know." Is this correct? I think it should be "let either Bob or me know." I have been looking everywhere for the answer to this, and I can't find it. Can anyone help?
cj on January 13, 2010:
use of I and me ...I is after a noun and me is after a verb?? thanks
Kevin on December 29, 2009:
Which sentence would be correct: "My Mom and I at my graduation." "My Mom and me at my graduation."? I would think it was "I".
Gerald on December 27, 2009:
For picture posting:
Who is in the picture? (I am. Or me.) This is a bad example :), but since you choose to only label names and include "I" or "me", you should use "me".
I'd say, finish this sentence: "Point [your finger] to/at ..." (Bob, Jenna, Tom, and *me*.) I'm pretty certain you'd be comfortable always finishing that sentence with "me."
If you don't agree with that line of reasoning, then consider the response to someone looking at your photo and asking, "Who is that person?" "Oh, that is me."
Wiggle room caveat:
If you consider that you'll actually be describing the picture in the comment, it may be appropriate to say, "Bob, Jenna, Tom, and I were at the mall." (because you would appropriately say "I was at the mall.") or "Bob, Jenna, Tom, and me at the mall." (because you would appropriately say "[That's] me at the mall.")
Teena on December 13, 2009:
I also have the same question. When putting a caption to a a photo, is it "Pete and me" or "Pete and I"? Thanks!
Diane on November 25, 2009:
What if you are capturing a picture? Should it be "Name" and I? Or "Name" and Me?
Kelli on November 19, 2009:
What about a sentence like, "Kelli and I's beds for the weekend were in the living room." I know this is not correct. Would it be "Kelli's and my beds" or "Mine and Kelli's beds..."?
Adriano on November 09, 2009:
What about this one?
- Now, it is me who apologizes...
- Now it is I who apologizes...
Jeslyn on October 05, 2009:
"The book interested you more than me" is correct.
"The book interested I" -> WRONG
"The book interested me" -> CORRECT
Therefore, usage of "me" is correct.
I suggest everyone to take a look at this website to get a clearer understanding of "I" and "me". Its simple and easy to understand, while this website's explanation is rather wordy.
Kat on September 20, 2009:
I encountered a question in a test that's been bothering me: Which is grammatically correct, The book interested you more than I, or the book interested you more than me?
Derek on August 27, 2009:
re: the question (see above) over the lyric "Don'tcha wish your girlfriend was hot like me?"
You agreed with the comment that the usage was incorrect and should have been "hot like I", noting that "I" would be the proper usage in the implied statement "I am hot". However, given that the noun "me", as used in the lyric, is the object of the preposition "like", isn't the sentence grammatically correct as stated? In essence, shouldn't the express use of the pronoun as the object of "like" take precedence over the implied use of the pronoun as the subject of "am"?
This also raises the question of whether and when it is ever appropriate to base I/me pronoun selection on implied grammatic structure?
MeloM on August 20, 2009:
It's amazing how many people get this wrong. It's especially annoying when I hear it from people you'd expect to know better, like corporate executives. Here's my question. Would you say, "If you think they'll need help, so will Jen and I", or "If you think they'll need help, so will Jen and me." My instinct tells me the first one is correct but MS Word's grammar checker does not think so.
minko on August 19, 2009:
what is the correct usage, "say me" or "say to me"?
Ruben on August 18, 2009:
It depends on how you are using the word "than". If you are using it as a preposition, then you would use "me", because it is the object of the preposition.
But if you are using it as a conjuntion (subject), you would use "I", as in "My son is taller than I [am]".
So both are correct, IMHO.
Karen on August 13, 2009:
great site. You'd think I got it by now. I think, 'It is I, who checked in' rather than 'it is me who checked in'.
I always see another use (even in the newspaper), which I think is incorrect, but am not sure. I also saw it in the dialogue above.
When do you use who or that. I think it surely wasn't I THAT checked in. Isn't a person always a who?
Thanks for the hep
beelzebal on August 04, 2009:
I am unable to find a reference explaining the case of the object of a verb used in the subjunctive mood, e.g., "If it were me...". Ordinarily any form of the verb 'to be' takes the nominitive case, e.g., "It is I" where I is the predicate nominative, but I think the use of subjunctive mood changes the rule. Do you have a reference for the use of subjunctive mood?
Kelly W. Patterson from Las Vegas, NV. on July 09, 2009:
That's a great little tip about removing one of the subjects and seeing if the sentence still works.
Ari on July 07, 2009:
In the following sentence, I know that "I" should be used instead of "me." But I can't figure out why! Can anyone help me by explaining this rule?
"My son, who is a star basketball player, is much taller than me"
The way I see it, "My son" is the subject; so why would "me" have to be changed to the subjective form "I"?
Beverly on June 19, 2009:
I just found this bit of information out, actually: if the pronoun comes right after a linking verb, such as 'is', then you would use 'I'. "It is I," "it is she," etc. It would even be "it is they," which actually makes me a little mad, haha.
Emily on June 11, 2009:
This drives me nuts.. i want to know if its correct when people post pictures of themselves online and they put " Lindsey and I " or "Jake and I" is this correct? it sounds stupid but i dont know if its the correct grammar or not and it's a major pet peeve of mine
Jason Gallagher on June 09, 2009:
I think that the fact that there are so many clarifications and intelligent questions about this rule means that it truly isn't "one of the simplest grammar corrections."
Kim on June 08, 2009:
Okay, but which of these would be correct? "We need more candy, Sarah and I."
Or is it, "We need more candy, Sarah and me."
Donald on May 05, 2009:
I recently posted a sentence on a forum which I now realise is incorrect: "She went her way, I mine; she to NY, me to London"
But should the 2nd part read: "she to NY, I to London" or "her to NY, me to London"?
I think it might be "she/I" because of an implied "went" after both pronouns.
Arby on March 25, 2009:
the object of a preposition can never be the subject of a sentence - therefore should never be "I"
example from above:
"between" is a preposition followed by a compound object of parents, sister, and me
Communication (between my parents, my younger sister, and me) became very important.
Her experiences (on plantations) provided her (with characters) who seem (as real as you and me)
Tony on March 22, 2009:
Her experiences on plantations provided her with characters, who seem as real as you and me.
Should it be ........you and I?
Jose on February 28, 2009:
Hello Robin I found your page through google. I must say great job. I had question to. Would the following sentence be:
Communication between my parents, my younger sisters, and I became very important.
Communication between my parents, my younger sisters, and me became very important.
Thanks for your help.
Liz on February 05, 2009:
This is what I remember from grade school:
I vs. Me when used with another subject - take the other subject out of the sentence and see how it sounds. So, "Thank you for meeting with Lindsay and I" would turn into "Thank you for meeting I". Which doesn't sound right. So the correct way to say the sentence should be, "Thank you for meeting with Lindsay and me".
Jennifer on January 24, 2009:
Question about "I" vs "Me" - I was corrected and need to know what is correct:
"Thank you for meeting with Lindsay and me."
"Thank you for meeting with Lindsay and I."
and does it matter if you put a time frame to it?
I.E. "Thank you for meeting with Lindsay and me yesterday."
This has become a family debate. Looking forward to the correct answer.
Harriet Marlowe on January 13, 2009:
The correct form is 'John and I bought some clothes'. In this sentence 'John' and 'I' are joined subjects of the verb to buy (bought) and since the subject can never be in any other case than the nominative then 'I' is the only option here.
Cliff on January 13, 2009:
There seems to be a growing number that believe "I" should ALWAYS be used instead of "me". These people rudely "correct" those that actually use "me" properly! I think the confusion stems from the ettiquette of placing oneself last in a list. When children say, for instance, "me and Bubba", they are abruptly corrected, "Bubba and I". Some adults don't realize that in some cases "Bubba and me" would actually be correct. The etiquette of placing others first is often overlooked and the change from "me" to "I" becomes embedded.
j on January 07, 2009:
bishwaksen on January 07, 2009:
Will it be "John and I bought some clothes" or "John and me...."?
Gareth on December 01, 2008:
Learneds are saying that 'gotten' is no longer to be used, therefore instead of saying "I've gotten a car", you would say "I've got a car". 'Have got' is used instead of gotten. Got is the past, but the past participle is have got not have gotten.
renee on November 30, 2008:
I am reading Obama's autobiography Audacity of Hope. In it he says Michelle, his wife, "is three years younger than me". This is wrong right? How did this not get caught?