Although these two are written and pronounced completely differently, "me" and "I" are often used interchangeably or used in the wrong context.
Let's uncover 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 each. Let's take a closer look at 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 good trick to remember whether you should use "me" in a phrase would be to ask the question "to whom?", or "for who"? If "me" answers any of these questions, then it is certainly an object and should be used in the sentence.
Example 1: Casey gave Sarah and me tickets to his show. - Here, "me" refers to the person who received something. The question you might ask is "Whom has Casey given his tickets to?". The answer would not be: Casey gave I a ticket.
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.
If you are able to make the distinction between the subject and the object of a sentence, you should be equipped to understand whether you should use "I" or "me". Remember the examples discussed above and you won't be confused anymore.