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When to use I/me/myself

When choosing whether to use I, me, or myself, you need to know if you need a subjective (I), objective (me), or reflexive pronoun (myself). Remember that the subject of the sentence does the action (verb) that involves the object. For example, "I (subject) went (verb) for a walk with Sophie (object)". It's also possible to have compound subjects and objects, which means that there is more than one subject or object. For example, “Sophie and I (compound subject) went for a walk”. Since “Sophie and I” is a compound subject, “I” is the correct pronoun because "I" is the subjective pronoun.

Now for objective pronouns: In the case of, “Sophie went with I/me/myself for a walk”, the correct form is “me”, because the subject (Sophie) does the verb (went) involving the object (me). In the case of a compound object, the same rule is true: Sophie (subject) went with Alice and me (compound object) for a walk.

Reflexive pronouns are always the object of a sentence, and "myself" is used as the objective pronoun when you are both the subject and the object of the sentence: “I (subject) wrote (verb) myself (reflexive objective pronoun) a note.”

To sum up:

Subjective pronoun: I (Sophie and I went for a walk)
Objective pronoun: Me (Sophie went with me for a walk)
Reflexive (and always objective) pronoun: Myself (I wrote myself a note)

Do you have any questions about this writing tip? Please contact the Writing Centre.

Theresa Bell
Writing centre coordinator 

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