[QW3] Don’t confuse ‘I’ and ‘me’

by | Jul 18, 2020

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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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  1. Irene

    Aye, eye, I. 😉

    • Kathie York


      Well, shoot … that covers it all!

      Appreciate the grin, K.

  2. Norman Phelps

    I had never thought of splitting the sentence. Genius!!
    Thanks for another great writing tool!

    • Kathie York

      You’re welcome, Norman!

      The trick is to do it rreeaallyy fast so no one is the wiser.
      Thanks for stopping by, K.


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