But there are certain - maybe it's the more common - grammar mistakes that just catch my attention. This particular grammar issue tends to catch my attention mostly because I don't feel as though it is the persons fault for not knowing - they aren't ignorant people who "need to learn basic grammar rules" - on the contrary this mistake is made by diligent people who think they have it right. So why is is so common - and why do they think they have it right.
Well my theory on the subject is this: When you are growing up you are constantly corrected by the adults in your life when you would say, "Me and Bobbie are going down the street." A very good-natured and well intending adult would correct you and say, "Bobbie and I!" This is of course the proper correction to your childish sentence. But what you didn't ever hear is when it is proper to say, "Bobbie and me..." So we have a bunch of adults in the world who think they should ALWAYS say "Bobbie and I".
So here it is - this is for free ;) An easy way to remember when it is okay and indeed proper to say, "me".
You use I and me in a sentence when you would use I or me when there is not another individual involved.
So for example you would say, "I am going to the store." if you were going with Bobbie you would say, "Bobbie and I are going to the store." but if you were told to go to the store you would say, "Aunt Louise told me to go to the store." and if you and Bobbie were told to go to the store you would day, "Aunt Louise told Bobbie and me to go to the store." You would not say, "
Furthermore, if you are labeling a picture keep this is mind. You would not point to a picture and say, "
Now if you feel more comfortable always using Bobbie and I for fear of getting your knuckles rapped then you can always reword the sentence. "Bobbie and I would like to thank you for your support, it means the world to us." is a good way to reword "Thank you for all your support, it means the world to Bobbie and me." but don't say "
So let us try to become more comfortable with "me".
|hee hee I'm not the bad... right??? :)|
You don't have to take my word for it, here are a few references: