I, me...It's everywhere!
I heard it on a couple of television shows. I did. The screen writers put in "I" where a "me" should go. With one of the shows, it could be attributed to the character being that way but the other character would never have made that grammar mistake! Am I the grammar police now? Well, not really. I'm not out to get anyone. It's just, well, people might as well know when to use "I" or "me" in a sentence. I mean, really, do you get to the beach and call a seagull a hawk? No, because you learned the difference, not a big deal. Do you ask for a hamburger and expect a bacon cheeseburger? No, because you know what to say to order the right thing. Using "me" and "I" correctly just isn't that hard to figure out. There's no "mastering" it. You don't have to be an expert. It's simple. Just take a glance at my other post that tells how. (And more than likely, I've made other grammar mistakes within this blog post and someone is wondering why on earth I don't know some other rule I've broken. *sigh* )
I can't stand it! I'm in the midst of reading an ebook and the author uses "I" where a "me" should go. Somewhere along the line, we got so used to hearing our mothers (or English teachers) say, "I" when we used a "me" that now we think we should always use "I" in place of a "me." Don't do it! Here's the easy way to remember if it should be a "me" or an "I". When creating a sentence, take out the other names surrounding "me" or "I" and see if it makes sense. For example:
Me, Chris and Hannah went to the zoo. Now take out "Chris and Hannah" and you have Me went to the zoo. That does not work. It's supposed to be I went to the zoo. So the correct sentence is Chris, Hannah and I went to the zoo. Try this:
Mom gave pudding to Kate, Lisa and I. Time to take out the extra names, so the sentence reads Mom gave pudding to I. Nope. It should be Mom gave pudding to me. Then the other sentence is correctly said, Mom gave pudding to Kate, Lisa and me. (I find that people don't try to tell me I should say "I" when I put the "me" first - Mom gave pudding to me, Kate and Lisa.)
Please, please, please do not fall into the trap of thinking that if there's an extra name thrown into a sentence, it must follow with an "I".
Now get back to writing because I love reading!
Marian, that's me!
I love stories! I love to read fairy tales, fables, stories from around the world. I especially love scifi and fantasy. And I like to write. And watch movies. And play board games. And do theatre things.