I, Me, Myself
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A common confusion with using these three pronouns correctly can be done away with if you follow the tip that I am about to give.
When I ask participants to introduce themselves, they usually start by saying, ‘Myself Vijay or Ajay or Ronald’ as the case may be. Or sometimes they may say, ‘This is Vijay, Ajay or Ronald’ like they are introducing someone else.
Why not keep it simple and just say, ‘I am Vijay’ or ‘My name is Vijay’?
Here is another confusion. Which one of these is correct?
1. ‘I and Tina attended the meeting’
2. ‘Myself and Tina attended the meeting’
3. ‘Tina and myself attended the meeting’
4. ‘Tina and I attended the meeting’
All you need to do is remove the other person’s name from the sentence to check if you are correct. For example: ‘Myself attended the meeting.’ Is this sentence correct? Obviously not. The correct way to say this is, ‘I attended the meeting’.
Hence, the correct sentence is ‘Tina and I attended the meeting’. Always place ‘I’ last.
Here is another one. ‘The team sent the project report to the manager and I’. Again, do the same thing. ‘The team sent the project report to I’. Is this sentence correct? Can I say, ‘The team sent the project report to I’?
No! It should be, ‘The team sent the project report to me’. Hence, the correct sentence is, ‘The team sent the project report to the manager and me’.
I, me or myself? Just remove the other person’s name or pronoun from the sentence and you have the answer.