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A rant on the word "I"

I bring this here, because there are too many people on Facebook who would just scroll on by, and I know you all understand my pain.

But in truth, this is directed at people who caption photos on facebook.

To wit, "(otherperson) and I on the beach at San Tropei" (or whatever) does not make you sound sophisticated or classy or whatever. Unless "(otherperson and I)" is the subject of a sentence, it is wrong.

Here's the rule, if you use "I" alone, then you can use it in a group. However, if you use "me" alone, then the correct usage is "(otherperson) and me".


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Mar. 25th, 2011 05:33 pm (UTC)
Me don't know to what you are referring, and think your statement may be insulting to I.
Mar. 25th, 2011 10:07 pm (UTC)
so much yes!

and man, in school in the 60s we were constantly told "I" was always correct; it wasn't until the 80s that I learnt that trick for knowing when to use I vs me.
Mar. 28th, 2011 03:48 pm (UTC)
I've always been uncertain aboutthe I vs Me ... and usually use I ... it "sounds" right? I'm still confused about the rules, even after reading this post ( *fail* ) dang.
Mar. 29th, 2011 01:42 am (UTC)
I found it very frustrating when I learnt that my grade school teachers had taught me to use "I" when it wasn't right -- it took a lot of work for it to not sound right to me since I'd been trained that way til my mid 20s!

I don't know if this is helpful since I"m pretty low on spoons today, but here are some of the thigns I remember.

I goes along with he, she, they, we, while me goes along with him, her, them, us: I'm going to the store vs Would you like to to go the store with me? Sometimes that can clear up the confusion -- does they or them sound better? Us the I/me that matches.

If one is doing something iwth someone else, use the form that would also be correct if one is doing it alone, ie "Me at Lea's party" and "Jack and me at Lea's party" vs "When I dressed up for the fair" or "When Jack and I dressed up for the fair"
Mar. 26th, 2011 03:51 am (UTC)
I think I love you. But I'm sure you know that.

Mar. 26th, 2011 06:41 pm (UTC)
Is there a "Like" clicky thing on for this?
Apr. 3rd, 2011 03:41 am (UTC)
Is this related to Your and You're
because that is driving me crazy.
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