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A common mistake in people’s writing is to confuse I and me with each other. Both are personal pronouns, but they serve different purposes within the sentence. In many circles, this can be a costly mistake, as it’s usually considered a sign of sloppy writing. In other words, if you are writing a research paper, a press release, a resume, etc., you will want to know how to use I vs. me.

In this post, I will cover everything you need to know about these two words, and once you’re done reading, you won’t have any trouble determining when to use me or I.


The word me originated from Old English mē, accusative and dative of I2, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch mij, German mir (dative), from an Indo-European root shared by Latin me, Greek ( e)me, and Sanskrit mā. The word I originated from Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch ik and German ich, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin ego and Greek egō.

Me as pronoun:

Me is used as a pronoun in English language where it is used by a speaker to refer to himself or herself as the object of a verb or preposition.

Do you understand me?

I as pronoun:

I is also used as a pronoun which is used by a speaker to refer to himself or herself.

Accept me for what I am.

Use of me:

Me is used as an objective pronoun. This means that it functions as an object in the sentences. As I is a subject, it is always near the verb or at the beginning of a sentence.


I ordered a pizza.

I went to the mall.

Did you see John and me at the party?

Use of I:

I is used as a subjective pronoun. This simply means that it functions as the subject of a sentence. As me functions as an object, thus it appear after verbs or prepositions in a sentence.


Ashley went to pool with Molly and me.

She thanked me for the car.

You and I went to the movies.

Me or I:

While these words can be tough to remember, it’s important to use them correctly. I is used as a subject. Me is used as an object. If you’re still not sure when to use me and you and you and me or and me or and I, here is a good trick that will help you remember. When you run across a sentence that confuses you, remove the other person from the sentence and try it out with just I or me. For example,

Tracy and (I/me) like this dress.

I like this dress. (Correct)

Me like this dress. (Incorrect)


The bus dropped (I/me) and Tracy near the park.

The bus dropped I near the park. (Incorrect)

The bus dropped me near the park. (Correct)


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