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I or Me: Which One Is Correct?
Friday April 30th 2021
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"The meeting was attended by John, Ron and I/me." Which pronoun is correct? — Imke, South Africa
Answer

"I" is a subject pronoun and "me" is an object pronoun. To figure out which pronoun you should use, you need to determine if it is the subject of a verb or the object of a verb or preposition.

 

A subject is the noun, noun phrase, or pronoun that performs the action of a verb in a sentence. An object is a noun, noun phrase, or pronoun that receives the action of a verb or completes the meaning of a preposition.

 

In the sentence "The meeting was attended by John, Ron and I/me" the noun phrase "John, Ron and I/me" is the object of the preposition "by." This means that "me" is the correct choice.

 

Sometimes when you have a noun phrase like "John, Ron and I/me" it can be helpful to remove the other nouns and say the sentence with only the pronoun:

 

The meeting was attended by I. = Incorrect (This will sound incorrect to most people.)

 

The meeting was attended by me. = Correct (This will sound correct to most people.)

 

I hope this helps.

 

 

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