Me And Thee

I’m going to share a trick my Granddad taught me to help start a slow but sure correction of something that irks me no end.

It is a trick that helps you know when to use ‘me and [name]’ in a sentence, and when to use ‘[name] and I’ in a sentence.

There are a lot of things that irk me no end when it comes to spelling and grammar. I know I’m not the perfect English linguist, but I do care a great deal about the quality of language and words. The rules matter! Well, I think so anyway.

How do you know when to use ‘me and [name]’ or when to use ‘[name] and I’?

It’s simple: remove the additional name(s) and see if the sentence still makes sense. If it does, you’re using the right rule. If it doesn’t, you need to switch to the other one.

For example:

‘Granddad and I are going to the shops; do you want anything?’

‘I am going to the shops; do you want anything?’

Here’s an example of the other rule working correctly as well:

‘You can sit with me and Granddad.’

‘You can sit with me.’

Now let’s switch both of those sentences.

Me and Granddad are going to the shops; do you want anything?’

‘Me is going to the shops; do you want anything?’

NO!

‘You can sit with Granddad and I.’

‘You can sit with I.’

AGH! MY EYES!

If you think I’m really boring for writing this, fair enough. I am really boring about stuff like this and I feel no shame about that whatsoever.