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Grammar pop quiz: Me, Myself, and I

Updated: Jan 18

We tend to overthink and overcorrect when we use "me, myself and I" pronouns.

The correct answer is "c) Give the report to Terry and me."

The long explanation has to do with objective, subjective, and reflective pronouns, which you probably don't care about. I'll be happy to pontificate if you're interested.

The short explanation is: Take Terry out. Now who are you asking the report to be given to? "Give the report to me." Adding Terry to the request doesn't change who you are. ROCK the "me" and wear it proudly!

Bonus round! Want to know when to use "I" and "myself" if it's not in this example?

"Terry and I want the report by Monday." Again, if you're not sure, take Terry out, and then "I want the report by Monday."

"Myself" never stands alone and will always accompany "I" as an emphasis on you, yourself. Test? Leave "myself" out of the sentence and it should still work. "I wrote that report myself" also works as "I wrote that report." Or let's get snooty: "I myself need that report" emphasizes the all-important "I" but you can leave it out: "I need that report."

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