*This is a rant. I’m a self-admitted Grammar Nazi. I try to suppress the desire to teach the proper use of English, but this one issue keeps coming up.
This is a tweet I saw this morning (and I did re-tweet it) but it embarrassed me to see a verified, blue checked tweeter (supposedly, an ‘important’ person) make this error. I blurred out his identifying info because I don’t want to embarrass him.
Notice what I indicated within a red box.
I or Me?
Remember when your teacher tried to tell you, “Don’t say, ‘Me and Jimmy went to the store.’? It’s ‘Jimmy and I went to the store’,” as she scowled and tapped her foot.
You worked on that really hard until you wouldn’t even think to say, “Me and Jimmy.”
Well, many of us have gone too far. We are so afraid to say, “me” that we have replaced “me” (even when correct) with “I”. I’ve heard this error in movies, TV shows, song lyrics, professional speakers and news. It’s enough to drive a Grammar Nazi like me to distraction (hence this post).
Let me illustrate:
1. If you want to see Jimmy and I win the contest, come watch the game.
2. Do you want to come to the park with Jimmy and I?
3. This would benefit you and I in the long run.
4. What wonderful news for you and I.
Ok, now let’s do something that my 9th grade English teacher taught me. Repeat the sentence but remove the “_______ and” phrase (“Jimmy and” or “you and”). Here is what you get:
1. If you want to see I win the contest, come watch the game.
2. Do you want to come to the park with I?
3. This would benefit I in the long run.
4. What wonderful news for I.
If the sentence was only about you, and you would say “me”, then when you add someone else, it is still “me”.
The boat was the perfect choice for me to use for fishing.
The boat was the perfect choice for Jimmy and me to use for fishing.
Now, if the sentence was only about you and you would say “I”, then when you add someone else, it is still “I”.
That memory has always been one that I treasure.
That memory has always been one that Jimmy and I treasure.
Good. Now you can pass 9th grade English!
Yea for me … I … us. Jimmy!