Saturday, 12 July 2014
The use of "I"
I is the ninth letter of the English alphabet and a vowel. It is also a personal pronoun and since it replaces our names in sentences, wherever “I” appears in our writing, it MUST be in capital letter.
This is one of the basic rules of grammar my English mistress in high school taught me, albeit with enough trashing, so always remember that the letter “I” must be in capital letter in all our writing when it is used as a personal pronoun.
I OR ME?
Most times, these two personal pronouns are used wrongly in which I is being used with another noun.
1. Always use the pronoun “I” along with other subjective pronouns such as we, he, she, you and they, when the pronoun is the subject of the verb.
Example: He ate my food
We waited for her
Ernie and I are having a drink
2. Use the pronoun “me” along with other objective pronouns such as us, him, her, you and them when the pronoun is the object of the verb
Example: Moby thanked them
The dog followed Mannie and me out
(Here Mannie forms the object of the verb followed)
3. Use the pronoun me, along with other objective pronouns such as us, him, her, you and them when the pronoun is the object of the preposition.
Example: Bobby spent the day with Nma and me
(here Nma forms the object of the preposition with)
YOU AND I OR YOU AND ME?
Using both is correct. It only depends on the rest of the phrase (subject or object)
1. Temmy and I are eating. Temmy and I can be replaced with we.
2. Can you spot Tosin and me in this picture? This is correct because you could replace Temmy and me with us.
……………………………and that is it for today’s grammar lesson. I hope we have learnt something new.
Have a wonderful weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!