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If I am sending a birthday wish which statement is correct: "Happy Birthday from Bob and I" or "Happy Birthday from Bob and me"? — Sharon, United States
Use "I" when it is the subject of the sentence and use "me" when it is the object of the sentence.
The correct statement is "Happy Birthday from Bob and me." The phrase "Bob and me" is the object of the preposition "from" so you should use the object pronoun "me."
Sometimes you can tell which personal pronoun is correct by removing the other person, in this case, Bob.
- Happy Birthday from I
- Happy Birthday from me
Here are more examples showing when to use "me":
- He gave the tickets to Bob and me.
- They said they would wait for Bob and me.
- The confetti rained down over Bob and me.
- Our boss flew Bob and me to Seattle for work.
- Our friends threw Bob and me a going away party.
Here are some examples showing when to use "I":
- Bob and I arrived early to the dinner party.
- Bob and I will be out of town next week.
- Bob and I gave the kids several gifts.
- In one month Bob and I will be moving.
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