‘me either’ my friend replied. Also, either may be used as a pronoun like in this example: The dress didn’t flatter either of them. But yes, you may see those "either" phrases written, proving that native speakers can be sloppy at their own language. Either can be used as a pronoun, adverb, adjective, and conjunction. Since the first English grammars appeared in the 16th century, some people have … Do not use "myself" in place of "I" or "me." Mom bought me a snack. Post by Alan » Wed Nov 11, 2015 6:48 am wikiHow marks an article as reader-approved once it receives enough positive feedback. To choose between “I” and “me” correctly, start by simplifying the sentence by removing any other subjects or clauses until only the “I” or “me” remains with the verb. Michelle Golden is an English teacher in Athens, Georgia. For example: Mom hugged me. When we use the pronouns mine, yours, his, hers, theirs, or ours, it sounds like the ones that end in “s” are plural but not always. How to Use Either. As a conjunction, it is used with or to imply a choice of alternatives. In this sentence, \"me\" is the direct object of the verb \"hugged\" because it receives the action of hugging. As a adverb either is as well. ", "She likes Winifred more than me" extends to "She likes Winifred more than she likes me.". Either may be used as an adverb, a pronoun, a determiner or a conjunction. "Couldn't understand point four. yeah. There are boats on both sides of the river. Alan Teacher/Moderator Posts: 13669 Joined: Mon Dec 29, 2003 7:56 pm Status: Teacher of English. 1.”, And this is an example from You Can’t Win, a 1926 memoir by Jack Black about his itinerant life of crime: “ ‘I wouldn’t plead guilty to anything if I were you,’ I advised him. )“I fear neither man nor beast!” Jay proclaimed as Frank stared at the python coiled on the … All tip submissions are carefully reviewed before being published. But I’ve never heard, “I neither,” only “Me neither” or “Neither do I.”. Is this the correct use? Be careful with your pronouns when you switch. (The pronoun should be in the genitive case: "The event was catered by Elizabeth and me. If you're trying to determine which pronoun to use in a sentence with a compound subject, try the sentence using only the pronoun part of the subject. Example 3: "There were beautiful posters on either margins of the wall." As you can see, “either” is reserved for a choice between two options. It should be "Is either of you available? Either mine or theirs is correct. Otherwise, it would be the wrong subject-verb agreement. For example: I joined a soccer team. Being an English major I would say that "me neither" is the correct choice, as either is a word to be used in conjunction with two choices, which doesn't apply in this situation. Use "If it were I". We find “Nor do I” and “Nor I” too formal for speech, though we might use them in writing. Stephanie and I played Mortal Kombat. ), "She likes Winifred more than I" means that "She likes Winifred more than I like Winifred. Practice in your head before you say it until it becomes automatic. "), and then carry that over to situations where it actually isn't. Who is correct? As in: I can't wait to go to the beach. When you check the sentence for correct grammar, you need to analyze the relationship between each word, the clauses, the punctuation used, and how the structure of the sentence comes together. "You are taller than me, her, him" sounds better to most English speakers and is seen and heard more often than than "I" in this situation. Which one is correct? ). ), I saw it myself. Now, it's much easier to see that "I" is correct. "), I cut myself. The correct option is the first one. \"Me\" is an object pronoun, which means that it serves as a direct or indirect object to the verb or as the object of a preposition. It should be "neither do I" and "me neither". (Wrong. Likewise, this sentence uses \"me\" as an indirect object. As an adjective, it indicates one or the other, or both. 1. "That's me" uses the object pronoun "me," while "'twas I" uses the subject pronoun "I." Otherwise, you're best off just saying "me" like everybody else. "Who's at the door?" By signing up you are agreeing to receive emails according to our privacy policy. As a pronoun either is (obsolete) both, each of two or more. Do I say: "If it were I" or "If it was I"? - "either", in this context, is a pronoun referring to any of the alternatives. ." When to Use I I is a subjective pronoun, meaning that it should be used in the subject of a sentence. "I" is used as the subject of a sentence, and "me" is used as the object of a verb. |Technically speaking "Me, either" is a corruption of "Me, neither," which is the proper construction. When you are the subject of the sentence, the one doing something, use "I". In fact, they're actually both correct usage in modern times. "I" (short for "I can") is 'technically' correct. In the last two sentences, me is correct because it serves as the object of the prepositions between and to. Grammar, etymology, usage, and more, brought to you by Patricia T. O’Conner and Stewart Kellerman, Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window). Approved. Chris had Jane and me over for dinner (where "me" is one of the objects of "had.". First things first:If you are matching either and nor, I hate to break it to you, but you’re doing it wrong.Additionally, nor is generally not used where neither is not also used. The pineapple was shared between "Jane and me" or "Jane and I"? Many native English speakers do say ‘ me either ‘ instead of ‘ me neither ‘. This sentence is correct because it uses \"me\" as the direct object. (The pronoun should be in the nominative case: "David and I were present. You would say "I want to express my sincere thanks" not "Me want to express my sincere thanks". Help support the Grammarphobia Blog with your donation. Use "I" when it is the subject of the verb, and use "me" when it is the object of the verb or follow a preposition (with me, after us, etc).Remember that "I" is always written as a capital letter. English rules state that either is singular. So far, so straightforward – but you might have some questions about using “either … or” and “neither … nor” correctly. Hi Steve, I moved your comment here to the relevant lesson. Solved my problem. Neither is used in the negative sense, when you’re presenting things that aren’t true or valid. Me, either. Even "me neither" is not the universal choice: Many people (especially in speech) use "me either" and "me neither" interchangeably. wikiHow is where trusted research and expert knowledge come together. In fact, English speakers have been using it since the late 19th century. Either and neither used on their own can also mean 'one or the other', 'whichever of the two' / 'not this one and not the other one', or 'not one of the two': There are boats on either side of the river. Me Neither: Nor do I. – I don’t want to leave the city tonight. The Oxford English Dictionary describes the use of “me neither” for “nor I” (and, we’d add, for “neither do I”) as colloquial—more suited to conversation than to formal English. Remember "me" never did anything. The ad says, "Please come see Dave and I in concert." When there is more than one person in the sentence, take the other person out of the sentence and see what you would write if it was just you. A: “Me neither” is technically incorrect here, but a lot of people use it idiomatically. If you say "Me either", the unstated is "don't want to go to the store". Top. The OED says the usage originated in the US, but two of its four citations are from British sources. The office staff and me enjoyed the letters you sent us. There are quite a few different phrases/idioms that use both either and neither. This article was co-authored by Michelle Golden, PhD. You answer, "It's me." No. Informally, in cases where you can say "me neither", you can say "me either". The subject and verb in the sentence must be either both plural or both singular. {"smallUrl":"https:\/\/www.wikihow.com\/images\/thumb\/c\/c3\/Choose-Between-%22I%22-and-%22Me%22-Correctly-Step-1-Version-2.jpg\/v4-460px-Choose-Between-%22I%22-and-%22Me%22-Correctly-Step-1-Version-2.jpg","bigUrl":"\/images\/thumb\/c\/c3\/Choose-Between-%22I%22-and-%22Me%22-Correctly-Step-1-Version-2.jpg\/aid147134-v4-728px-Choose-Between-%22I%22-and-%22Me%22-Correctly-Step-1-Version-2.jpg","smallWidth":460,"smallHeight":345,"bigWidth":"728","bigHeight":"546","licensing":"

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\n<\/p><\/div>"}. Do not use it in an exam. Michelle Golden is an English teacher in Athens, Georgia. Consider a related sentence: “That writer is me.” Try reversing the word order, "The cake was made by Justin and I." How would I determine when to use either "I" or "me"? – Yeah—me neither. As a conjunction either is introduces the first of two options, the second of which is introduced by "or". Include your email address to get a message when this question is answered. (Change it around so that Harry's out of the picture and it's just about you - you would never say, "Me went to the store."). (The sentence is correct because the pronoun is intensive; it adds emphasis. Fiction Editor Beth Hill says: September 13, 2015 at 6:54 am Kathy, some people do say me either when they mean me neither. The earliest example is from the Feb. 6, 1882, issue of the Marion (OH) Daily Star: “  ‘When I get out I’m not going to tamper with any more proverbs,’ remarked No. You would say "Thank you for spending the day with me," not "Thank you for spending the day with I.". "Jack and me" or "me and Jack" is correct (the second one is a little more natural). Yes, you will hear ‘me either’ often, but it is not correct. "Harry and me went to the store." Whichever pronoun, Mentally delete all other subjects or objects so that the sentence is reduced to its simplest form, with just "I" or "me" remaining. Many people really have the idea that "I" is more proper than "me" drilled into them in school (due to kids frequently saying things like "Me and David went to the movies" and teachers having to keep correcting, "David and I! Either the clerk or the secretary has the keys to the Land Rover. This article has been viewed 890,250 times. When asked who can answer a question, is the answer "I" or "me?". It is true that for FORMAL usage, you would be expected to … When someone says “I don’t like beef,” you can respond with a full sentence if you like.

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