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.
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:
Do you understand me?
I as pronoun:
Accept me for what I am.
Use of me:
I ordered a pizza.
I went to the mall.
Did you see John and me at the party?
Use of I:
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 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 near the park. (Incorrect)
The bus dropped me near the park. (Correct)