Time for the English Master to settle another contentious grammar issue, before someone gets hurt. Pat asks:
My friend and I were having a dispute about when to use “me” correctly in a sentence that’s referring to two people. If I were to say something along the lines as, “Is that meat okay for Bob and I/me to eat?” would I use I or me? If I were to eliminate Bob from the sentence, it would be correct to say “Is that meat okay for me to eat?” So why would I change me to I?
You shouldn’t change “me” to “I.” The correct form of the sentence is: “Is that meat okay for Bob and me to eat?” You may breathe a sigh of relief now.
Your little test for discerning whether to use “I” or “me” is the same one that I use. Eliminate the other part of the noun phrase and see how it sounds with each pronoun.
People Have Become Me-Phobic!
The educated classes are so afraid of improperly using “me” in a sentence that they hyper-correct, going into all sorts of contortions to avoid it.
Here are a few examples of incorrect first-person pronoun usage:
- Let’s keep this little secret between you and I.
- The international community presented Mr. Trimble and myself with a prestigious award for our life-long commitment to saving the muskrat.
- Davis will certainly choose you and I to co-chair the campaign.
All three of the sentences need “me” instead.