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Although these two are written and pronounced completely differently, "me" and "I" are often switched and used in the wrong context.

Let's see the main difference between them and the correct ways to use these words!

Me vs. I

The main difference between "me" and "I" is very easy to remember, as it simply refers to the pronoun type. More exactly, "I" is always used as a subject, while "me" is used as an object. This small and simple difference actually dictates in which situations you should use which. Let's get a closer look to these situations!

When do we use "I"?

As "I" represents a subject, it is therefore used to indicate the person who performs an action, the subject of a sentence or phrase:

Example 1: I went to the theatre with Chuck.

Example 2: Chuck and I went to the theatre.

In both cases, the word "I" is referring to the person who performed the action, who went to a certain place and therefore is the subject of the message.

When do we use "me"?

"Me" is used as the direct or indirect object in a sentence and is always used to express the object of the message. A short trick to check if you should use "me" would be to ask the question "whom?" or "to whom?", or "for who"? If "me" answers any of these questions, than it is certainly an object and should be used in the sentence.

Example 1: Casey gave me and Sarah his guns. - Here, "me" refers to the person who received something. The question you might ask is "Whom has Casey given his gun to?".

Example 2: This gift is for me. - answering the question "for who?", "me" is used correctly in this context as it expresses the object who receives something.

Example 3: She told me to go away. - Again, answering the question "Whom?", the object "me" supports the action of the verb.

Conclusion

It is enough to be able to make the distinction between the subject and the object of a sentence in order to understand whether you should use "I" or "me". Remember the examples discussed above and you won't be confused anymore.

Me vs. I

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