Kathie York, CSQE
Chief Wordsmith and
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One of the most difficult things to get right in sentences is ‘I’ and ‘me.’
[QW3] Don’t confuse ‘I’ and ‘me’
Let me show you two correct examples, and then explain the method I use to get it right e-v-e-r-y time!
“Dave and I went to the store.”
“That was a great idea for Dave and me.”
Did that second one throw you a curveball?
Split the sentence to figure out if it would be ‘I’ or ‘me.’
You’ll know immediately which one doesn’t sound correct.
For the first example (“Dave and I went to the store”):
“Dave went to the store.”
“I went to the store.”
For the second example (“That was a great idea for Dave and me”):
“That was a great idea for Dave.”
“That was a great idea for me.”
It’s a little easier than you thought, because
We would never say, “That was a great idea for I.”
Quickly pull a sentence apart in your head, and you’re set.
It takes practice, but you can do it!
People still catch me thinking through these.
I can see it on their faces.
It makes them feel better that I have to do this, too. 😉
I hope you found Quick Win 3 helpful.
It’s a difficult one, but it makes us look smarter when we get it right!
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