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*Asterisk = examples of errors or poor constructions*.

Student Learning: Grammar

Sentence subjects - Lesson one

  1. 1.1 Me, myself, and I:

    There is often confusion about when to use me or I. " I " belongs to a group of words that we will call subject pronouns. Others are you, he, she, it, we and they. Most of these pronouns (but not all - you and it are the exceptions) can only be the subject of the sentence. The subject is the person or thing doing whatever happens in the sentence.

I eat muesli every morning.

I will just stay in bed.

Note: A sentence can happily have more than one clause, (see Clauses: independent and dependent), each of which will have its own subject and doing word (verb).

Teachers are striking today, so I will just stay in bed.

  1. 1.2 Multiple subjects:

    It is also common to have more than one person being the subject and doing the same thing in a sentence.

My flatmates and I eat muesli every morning.

The cat and I will just stay in bed.

My husband and I wish you all a prosperous New Year.

Note: When there is you and another subject or subjects, we always place I last in the list. For example we never say:...

*I and my flatmates eat muesli every morning.* (Note: Asterisks signal that the sentence has an error.)