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Is it correct to use "I" or "me"?
Tuesday August 27th 2019
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In this sentence, should I use "I" or "me": This is a picture taken of Allen and I/me on our last cruise.  — Liz, Canada
Answer

"Me" is the correct pronoun in that sentence because the pronoun is in object position.

 

If you split the compound object ("Allen and I/me") into two sentences you get the following:

 

This is a picture taken of Allen on our last cruise.

This is a picture taken of I/me on our last cruise.

 

You may be able to tell right away that "This is a picture taken of I on our last cruise" is not correct and "This is a picture taken of me on our last cruise" is correct.

 

Another way to tell is that the pronoun follows a preposition (in this sentence, "of;" but an object pronoun follows any preposition e.g. "of me," "to me," "for me") and so you know it is the object of the preposition.

 

This is a very common question even among native English speakers. Here are more explanations with more examples from our website:

 

http://www.learnersdictionary.com/qa/Using-Me-and-I-subject-and-object-pronouns

http://www.learnersdictionary.com/qa/Should-I-Use-I-or-Me-subject-or-object

http://www.learnersdictionary.com/qa/Me-and-Chris-or-Chris-and-I-

http://www.learnersdictionary.com/qa/Using-the-Pronouns-I-and-Me-

 

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