Writing Mini-Lessons: Me or I?
You already know that a noun is a word that names a person, place, thing, or idea. A pronoun is a word that takes the place of a noun; so instead of saying Ms. McClure all the time, I can say I or me. When I address the class, I can say you; when you talk about the class, you can say we or us. The case of a pronoun tells how it relates to other words in the sentences. there are two kinds, or cases, of pronouns: nominative-case and objective-case.
- Nominative-case pronouns, also called subjective-case pronouns, are used as actors, as subjects of sentences: I, he, she, we, they, you, and it. They usually come at the beginning of a sentence.
- Objective-case pronouns receive the action: me, him, her, us, them, you, and it. They usually come at the middle or end of a sentence.
- Errors in pronoun case usually occur when the subject or object is compound (more than one person) and a writer confuses the nominative (actor) and objective (recipient of the action) cases.
Kyle and me love M&M’s (wrong).
Kyle and I love M&M’s (correct).
Rachael gave M&M’s to Kyle and I (wrong).
Rachael gave M&M’s to Kyle and me (correct).
- To test for the correct case of a pronoun when there’s a compound construction, e.g., (name) and I/me, drop the (name) and part, then ask yourself, is it I or me? In other words, test the pronoun by itself with the verb.
Examples to try:
[Kyle and] _______ love M&M’s. (I or me?)
Rachael gave M&M’s to [Kyle and] ______. (I or me?)
Pronoun Case Review
Directions: Write the correct pronoun on the line, using the referent(s) in brackets at the end of each sentence.
1. __________ and __________ collect stamps. (Jack and Jill)
2. My grandma and __________ watch "Wheel of Fortune." (myself)
3. __________ girls are going to wreck the boys. (we or us)
4. __________ and __________ have pet weasels. (Tyler and myself)
5. Do you and __________ like Slurpees®? (Molly)
6. Why are __________ and __________ eating David’s lunch? (Nick and Marcia)
7. __________ and __________ are having a big basketball rivalry. (Us and them or We and they?)
8. The Godivas belong to Nola and __________ (myself); Toby and _________ get the Tootsie Rolls. (Anne)
9. __________ and __________ love opera. (Peter and Nora)
10. The award for rowdiest student was split between __________ and Jordan. (Joshua)
11. Please give any extra money to Jonathan and __________ . (myself)
12. Did Rose or __________ answer the phone? (Greg)