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Grammar Conundrum: Me, Myself, and I

In the English language, pronouns are used to replace nouns in sentences. This is to avoid redundancy. There are many kinds of pronouns meant for various uses. Sometimes, we get overwhelmed by the sheer number of pronouns that we mix them all up.


Me, Myself and I at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XakoA2D0Okw

Take the pronouns I, me, and myself. They all replace the first-person singular noun, which is the speaker. Despite that, we still misuse them. Just look at the examples below.


  Me and May organized the surprise party.


For some odd reason, all of them sound correct, but they aren’t.


  Correct:

   May and I organized the surprise party.


So why do we confuse them? Before we dive into that, let’s first find out how to use each one.


The pronoun I is a first-person singular pronoun, which is intended to replace the subject of a sentence or the doer of the action.


  1. I go to school every day.

  2. I make my dad’s coffee in the morning.


The pronoun me is also a first-person singular pronoun, which is intended to replace the object of the sentence, which is usually found in the predicate of the sentence.


  1. My mom tells me to study hard.

  2. Vivian comes to me for advice.


Finally, the pronoun myself is a first-person reflexive singular pronoun. This is used when the speaker is the object of the action in the sentence.


  1. I will pay the bills myself.

  2. I can put makeup on myself.


Confusion comes up when there are multiple nouns in the sentence. The use of me in the subject and I in the object of the sentence—especially when used with multiple nouns—was popularized, and over time, more and more people thought that it sounded correct.


  Wrong: Me and Angelica are going to church.

  Correct: Angelica and I are going to church.

  Wrong: The cake was baked by Eliza and I.

  Correct: The cake was baked by Eliza and me.


To add, myself was also incorrectly used in place of me, with many people assuming that it was okay since myself is used to replace an object. Moreover, there are those who use myself, thinking that it’s nothing but a more formal way to say me.


  Wrong: I accidentally spilled soda on Peggy and me.

  Correct: I accidentally spilled soda on Peggy and myself.


Moreover, myself has varying informal uses, such as when stating an opinion (“Myself, I feel that”), when including oneself in a group (“students like myself”), or for emphasis (“all by myself,” “I myself”).


The final verdict? It is completely okay to mix these pronouns up . . . when you’re using them informally. Just be lucky enough that the person who hears it does not correct you.


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