Business Writing Tip #66—Me, Myself and I

A short gripe today. Sorry.

More and more people seem to be saying things like:

“Erica and myself wrote the report and submitted it last week.”

This is just plain WRONG! (Yep, I’m shouting.)

Others say:

“Erica and me wrote the report and submitted it last week.”

That’s WRONG too! (More shouting. Sorry.)

If you leave Erica out of the sentence, you would say:

“I wrote the report and submitted it last week.”

So here is my plea. If you and Erica wrote a report and you want to talk about it, avoid using the word “myself”.

The correct version is:

“Erica and I wrote the report and submitted it last week.”

Remember “I” is the first person, singular subject pronoun. “Me” is the first person singular object pronoun.

“Myself” is the first person, singular, reflexive pronoun. I haven’t written about these before but we use a reflexive pronoun as a direct object when the object is the same as the subject of the verb.

Here’s an example:rooflines at Prague Castle

I am teaching myself to write clear, concise reports.

And if you’re wondering about today’s photo, I’m teaching myself to use a nifty photo editing website called pixlr.com, which let me put together this collage of photos I took at Prague Castle earlier today.

 

 

 

 

 

5 thoughts on “Business Writing Tip #66—Me, Myself and I

  1. Thank you very much for this discussion.
    “Me, Myself & I” has always been a sore subject for “me.”
    It grates on my nerves to hear “Betty and me went to the movies.”
    I only wish we could publish this for the general public to see.
    Again thank you!

    • Thanks Nancy. “Betty and me” is a tough one. I am always glad that I studied foreign languages. They helped me gain at least a workable grasp of English grammar. And now that I’m teaching English as a Second Language I find myself exploring it even more.

      Please let me know if there are any specific points you would like me to look into.

  2. Wow! It is so refreshing to see someone else setting the record straight regarding English grammar and sentence structure. I am somewhat fanatical about it and yes I would be shouting right along with you if someone were to say or write something such as your examples above. My son calls me the English Nazi, and he is serious about it! Thank you for addressing this. I am an Administrative Assistant and it makes me cringe when I see emails, business correspondence etc., with poor grammar and spelling mistakes. A common one I see here is brake instead of break, for example. The worst part is that it is from people in management who are the most at fault.
    Thanks for clearing things up!

    • Bronwen, thanks for your comments. I love English and I love exploring how it works and how it’s changing. My biggest peeve is when someone writes so badly that it is impossible to understand their meaning.

      If there’s any specific topic you would like me to cover, please let me know.

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