Monday, April 15, 2013
ME or I ?
Does it ever frustrate you when popular song lyrics are grammatically incorrect? There are several songs out there that misuse "you and I" ... *sigh*
Here are the basic rules:
* When used as the subject of a sentence, I is the correct pronoun.
* When used as the object of a verb or preposition, me is the correct pronoun.
It gets tricky when you use a compound subject or object, but the rule is the same. If it is a compound subject, use I. If it is a compound object, use me.
For example, here are some correct sentences:
I love my children. (subject of sentence)
My children love me. (object of verb)
My husband and I love our children. (compound subject)
Our children love my husand and me. (compound object)
For more information on the topic check out these popular websites:
http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/between-you-and-me.aspx (but keep in mind, this blog post was written in 2007 BEFORE the Lady Gaga song titled "You and I" - - - the song this blogger references is NOT the Lady Gaga song)
Can you think of any popular songs that violate grammar rules? Share!
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I have a doubt. Which usage is right: "This is I" OR "This is me"?ReplyDelete
I think it's the latter, but I'm not sure...
This = subjectDelete
is = verb
ME = object
Since the pronoun is the object, ME is the correct pronoun to use.
This is one that takes a while for kids to learn, but I've been proud to see that mine are finally getting it right (at least most of the time).ReplyDelete
No, songs don't frustrate me unless I wake up with one looping in my thoughts. It doesn't make a difference if it's grammatically correct, or not. I still can't get back to sleep.ReplyDelete
I still have trouble using "me". I know when I should but I want everything to be "I". It just sounds better. Then there's my son who says things like "Me and Kim went to the store." I think he may do it just because it makes me crazy.ReplyDelete
The correct usage of this was something I remember learning in high school and the way to tell still sticks with me. The only time I ignore the rules for this is when writing dialogue.ReplyDelete
Me. It's always about me. :D Just kidding. Been trying to teach this to my kids!!ReplyDelete
I think I can get my head around the compound part - what would happen if you took away the other part, right?ReplyDelete
Margo, you've chosen a very intersting subject for the Challenge. I'll be scrolling through.ReplyDelete
Hey Margo, thanks for visiting and following my blog:D It's so fun to see how we post the same subjects (and check out the different choices for various letters.) Good examples here. I probably should have used more on my post.ReplyDelete
See you tomorrow:)
I did some major learnin' on this one with the revision of my novel. I think I've got it down.ReplyDelete