The proper use of "I"


Many people, including well-educated public figures, are misusing "I." 


"Thank you for inviting John and I to the party."


"It comes down to a decision between him and I."


Is it because we stressed "I" so much as the subject that it's generalized? As parents, we constantly correct children who say "Me and John are going downtown."  "John and I," we say.


Do you think that's why "I" is used as the object when "me" is really correct? As in "thank you for inviting John and me to the party." My rule of thumb (when I correct the kids) is to say "take John out of the sentence." Then it sounds incorrect to them to say "thank you for inviting I to the party." I think we've just made them self-conscious about ever using "me," when it is actually correct at times. 


I cringe when I hear "I" used as the object of the verb. How can we fix this if so many prominent people are doing it? 


Just ranting. I'd love to know what you think, though. 

asked Mar 29 '12 at 03:57 Janet Kay Jensen New member

I agree, Janet, you are so right. As you say, the easiest way is to try the sentence without anybody else in it and see if it makes sense.

Angela RigleyApr 02 '12 at 18:42

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