When speaking or writing in the English language, there’s sometimes a confusion as to whether to use you&me or you&I.
The simple rule is this: To know when to use I or me, simply remove “you and” and see if the sentence still makes all the sense(my rhyming skills eh!)?
Let’s take an example using a sentence from this blog post:
the response to “What I would have told my younger self?” is a principle YOU OR I should still be working/operating with.
If we say
the response to “What I would have told my younger self?” is a principle me should still be working/operating with– that sounds awfully wrong(by English rules)
*we’ve used an object instead of a subject pronoun*
Now, if we say
the response to “What I would have told my younger self?” is a principle I should still be working/operating with. The sense in this sentence is preserved and so, we know that we are to use “You and I” and not “you and me“!
Example 2: He bought the ice cream for you and I VERSUS he bought the ice cream for you and me.
Let’s use this again: He bought the ice cream for I (nope)❌
He bought the ice cream for me( Voila!)✔️
That tells us which to use.
It’s courteous to put “you” first and refer to yourself “I or me” last.
This matters because, beyond conversations with family and friends, there are job interviews, essays for admissions, jobs, scholarships. This knowledge might be handy someday.
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