Me, my friends and I

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Here’s another interesting mistake some students make.

I’ve been taught that I can’t say something like

Me and my friends are going to the park.

In this case, because Me and my friends are the subject of the sentence, removing my friends from the sentence leaves us with:

Me am going to the park.

This makes no sense at all, so we change the sentence to

My friends and I are going to the park.

I can actually start the sentence with I and say I and my friends, but it’s considered more polite to put myself after other people.

The folks at Cyanide & Happiness even made a comic about it:

Cyanide & Happiness: The Invention of Grammar

But what if we are not the subject, but the object?

Let’s take another example:

My uncle (subject) is taking me and my friends (object) to the river.

Can we drop my friends and change me into I?

See for yourselves:

My uncle is taking I to the river.

In this case, it would be right to stick to using me.

My uncle is taking me to the river.

So, to sum it up, when you’re not sure what you should be using, just make the sentences shorter and see if it makes sense to you.

What are you and your friends planning to do at the weekend?

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