Frank and me, or Frank and I?

Have you ever struggled in knowing which personal pronoun to use in a sentence  – me or I? You are not alone. Even native English speakers confuse which personal pronoun to use in a sentence with multiple subjects. Every now and again in our course, this question will pop up. After reading this blog post, I promise you will never struggle with this grammatical dilemma of which personal preposition to use again.

Let’s jump right in and solve this!

First example: “Frank and I are heading out to the ballgame”.

Is that sentence grammatically correct? Maybe it doesn’t look right to you. In spoken English, people often use me in the place of I and it seems to be acceptable, but it is incorrect. How will you know if you have it right? Because you want to be sure that when you are writing in English, especially for work, to be grammatically correct as it helps you sound professional. 

The best way to check and see if you should use “Frank and I” or “Frank and me” is to take the other name completely out of the sentence.

“Me am heading out to the ball game”

OR

“I am heading out to the ball game”

Which is correct?

If you chose “I am heading out to the ball game”, then you are right!

Therefore you know that the correct choice for the original sentence is I.

Correct → “Frank and I are heading out to the ballgame”

Second example: “Do you want to go to the ballgame with Frank and I?”

How does that one sound? Let’s remove Frank again.

“Do you want to go to the ballgame with me?”

OR

“Do you want to go to the ballgame with I?”

Which is correct?

If you chose “Do you want to go to the ballgame with me?”, then you are right!

Therefore you know that the correct choice for the second example is me.

Correct → “Do you want to go to the ballgame with Frank and me?”

Third example: “Can you take Frank and I to the grocery store?”

So first we know we need to remove Frank from the sentence.

“Can you take I to the grocery store?”

OR

“Can you take me to the grocery store?”

Which is correct?

If you chose “Can you take me to the grocery store?” – then you are right!

Therefore, you know that the correct choice for the original sentence is me.

Correct → “Can you take Frank and me to the grocery store?”

For those of you who love the more technical terms and to quickly summarize what has been covered above; in order to determine which personal pronoun (I or me) to use in a multiple subject (or object) sentence, first remove the subject from the sentence and determine if the sentence sounds correct as it is stated. Because if it does – then you have used the correct personal pronoun. If the direct object I or me works well in the sentence on its own, this means you are using the correct one.

I hope you find this quick and easy tip useful for your English learning journey!

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