Top Ten Spelling and Grammar Pet Peeves – I vs. Me

Today, we discuss personal pronouns.  YAY!  “I” and “we” are most commonly confused for each other in writing (and speaking!) sentences when they are paired with another “person”.

For instance, would you say, “Kevin and me are meeting Gina at the library,” or should it be, “Kevin and I…”?

To determine which pronoun fits properly in your sentence, break it down to exclude that “other person”.   Certainly you wouldn’t say, “Me am meeting Gina at the library”.  Therefore, you can determine the proper usage would be Kevin and I.

What about, “Can you pick the kids and me up from the airport next week?”  It may feel too informal to use me here.  However, using the same rule of thumb, you wouldn’t ask someone to, “pick I up from the airport,” now would you?? 

So that’s it – #10 in my list of grammar and spelling pet peeves.  I hope you have found a useful tip or two along the way.  Perhaps the most important thing to take away from this series is that in business, as in life, if you want people to take you seriously, you need to take spelling and grammar seriously.  That doesn’t mean these things must come naturally to you, but if spelling and grammar are not strong points for you, it would behoove you to get yourself a proofreader!