Share

How to use I, me, myself and other personal pronouns

How to Write Tips and Samples

This grammar check page will help you fix your common grammar mistakes in English when using personal pronouns. You will know when to say I or me, she or her, he or him, we or us, they or them, and myself or yourself. It includes easy to understand information on subjects, direct objects, indirect objects and using reflexive and emphasis words and how to conjugate them.


Share

How to use I, me, myself and other personal pronouns

Knowing when to use I or me, she or her, he or him, we or us, they or them, and myself or yourself can be difficult. It includes easy to understand information on subjects, direct objects and indirect objects and how to conjugate for them.

The subject of a sentence is the noun that is acting in a sentence. A lot of times, it is the first noun in a sentence. The direct object is a noun or pronoun that is acted upon, receives action or shows the result of an action. An indirect object is also acted upon, but answers the question to whom or for whom something is done. Here are some easy tips on how to work with these.

Using I or me

I is the first person form for a subject. When the individual speaking is the subject or one of the subjects of the sentence, the right word to use is I. When you can't remember, just take out the other subject. You wouldn't say "Me go to the store."

Right: She and I went to the store.
Wrong: She and me went to the store.

Always use me if the individual speaking is an object of a preposition or verb. If in doubt, remove the other object. You wouldn't say, "He is talking to I."

Right: He is talking to Sarah and me.
Wrong: He is talking to Sarah and I.

Using he or him, she or her, we or us, they or them

All the other personal pronouns function the same way in a sentence. Use he, she, we and they when they are are the subject of the sentence. If in doubt, remove the other subject and say it. You wouldn't say "Her should talk about it" or "Them are responsible for it."

Right: You and he should talk about it. You and they are responsible for it.
Wrong: You and him should talk about it. You and them are responsible for it.

Use him, her, us, them when they are are the object of a verb or preposition. If in doubt, remove the other object from the sentence and say it to yourself. You wouldn't say "He is talking to we."

Right: He talked to Colette and then us.
Wrong: He talked to Colette and then we.

Myself, herself, himself, yourself

5. Myself should never be used instead of I or me. Myself is only used reflexively, such as to identify that something occured to you or for emphasis to clarify who did something.

Right: She and I are going to the fair.
Wrong: She and myself are going to the fair.

Right: He drove John and me to the store.
Wrong: He drove John and myself to the store.

Here is the proper usage of myself.

Right: I hurt myself. (Reflexive)
Wrong: I hurt me.

Example: I saw it happen myself. (For emphasis)
Example: I heard her say it myself. (For emphasis)

Using herself, himself, yourself, themselves

The same rules apply to herself, himself, yourself, themselves as to myself. These words should only be used reflexively, such as to identify that the subject did something to themselves or it is used for emphasis to clarify who did something.

Right: You and he are reading the same book.
Wrong: You and himself are reading the same book.

Right: He drove John and her to the store.
Wrong: He drove John and herself to the store.

Here is the proper usage of yourself, herself, himself, themselves.

Example: Did you hurt yourself? (Reflexive)
Example: He accidentally hit himself. (Reflexive)
Example: She accidentally tripped herself. (Reflexive)
Example: I think we made a mess of ourselves.(Reflexive)

Example: You should read that book yourself? (For emphasis)
Example: She did it all herself.(For emphasis)
Example: Bob told me himself. (For emphasis)
Example: They did it themselves.(For emphasis)

More information: We hope this page was helpful and provided you with some information about using personal pronouns such as I, me, myself and you, your and yourself. Check out our main page for more articles here Can U Write.

Share