Ben’s Grammar Tip of the Week

I and Me Aren’t Interchangeable

Which one of the sentences below do you think is grammatically correct?

Matt and I went for a walk.

Matt and me went for a walk.

If you guessed the first sentence, you’re right! However, don’t stress out if you guessed wrong.

Many native English speakers get this rule confused, and you may often hear the second sentence in casual conversation even though it’s incorrect.

I and me aren’t interchangeable. They are used in different grammatical constructs.

I is a pronoun that serves as a subject of a sentence.

In the first example, Matt and I went for a walk, both I and Matt are subjects of the sentence while went is the verb.

Me is a pronoun that serves as an object of a sentence. Me is needed when someone else is performing the action. To use the example above, it would be absolutely correct to say: Matt took me for a walk. Matt is the subject and me is the object in the sentence.

Knowing your subjects and objects will help you speak and sound more professional!

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