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LS Refresher 58: Me, Myself or I

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Mary Cullen of Instructional Solutions gave the following rules that will help us learn how to use ‘me, myself or I’.

 

 

(a). Use I as a nominative form personal pronoun (when the pronoun is the subject of a verb). 

Example: I wrote to Eileen McIntyre.

 

(b). Use me as an objective form personal pronoun (when the pronoun is the direct or indirect object of a verb).

 

Example: My sister-in-law and brother surprised Eric and me with…

 

(c) Use myself as a compound personal pronoun To  emphasize a noun or pronoun already expressed. 

 

Example: I will contact her myself.

 

Two tips that will help you avoid this common me/myself/I business grammar error:

1. Simply omit all words between the subject/verb and pronoun:
My sister-in-law and brother surprised Eric and I.
“My sister-in-law surprised I” – sounds odd to the ear. You’ll know immediately that “My sister-in-law surprised me” is correct. Omit the injected words for a quick check.

2. Myself is rarely used in business writing. If you were, for some odd reason, never allowed to include myself in business documents, you would never miss it.

 

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