Grammar: 'You and I' or 'You and Me'?

Bad grammar is a bad idea. Confusing ‘you and I’ and ‘you and me’ is a common mistake. To make sure that you’ve got it right, just leave out the other person to see whether your sentence still works.

‘You and me drove to the airport’. Minus ‘You’, the sentence reads, ‘Me drove to the airport.’ This doesn’t work, so the correct sentence must be ‘You and I went to the airport.’

‘The king and I went to the ball.’ Minus the king, the sentence reads, ‘I went to the ball’ – perfectly correct, so in this case, ‘The king and I’ is the correct way to say it.

‘Mrs Baker met him and I on the way to church.’ Minus ‘him’, the sentence reads, ‘Mrs Baker met I on the way to church.’ This doesn’t work, so the correct sentence must be ‘Mrs Baker met him and me on the way to church.’

“The puppy was a present for her and me.’ Minus ‘her’, the sentence reads, ‘The puppy was a present for me.’ This sentence is correct, so ‘The puppy was a present for her and me’ must also be correct.

 

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