Simple Grammatical Rule: Me, Myself and I

This rule of grammar seems to really stump. I read it occasionally, especially when editing young writers. But I hear it spoken often. At the grocery store, in schools, on Ghost Hunters, on the evening news. THE NEWS! Spoken by journalists.

When referring to yourself and another person, a simple way to remember the proper line-up is as follows –

RULE: The sentence should sound correct IF YOU REMOVE THE NAME OF THE OTHER PERSON, whose name, by the way, should come first in sequence.

NO: Would you like to go to the park with me and Fred?
WHY: Mention the other person first.
FOLLOWING THE RULE: Would you like to go to the park with me?
YES: Would you like to go to the park with Fred and me?

NO: Fred and myself were sitting on the bench.
WHY: You wouldn’t say “Myself was sitting on the bench”.
FOLLOWING THE RULE: I was sitting on the bench.
YES: Fred and I were sitting on the bench.

NO: Will you join Fred and I for ice cream?
WHY: You are trying to sound smart, but you sound dumb.
FOLLOWING THE RULE: Will you join me for ice cream?
YES: Will you join Fred and me for ice cream?

NO: Me and Fred will be swimming.
WHY: Mention the other person first, AND you wouldn’t say “Me will be swimming.”
FOLLOWING THE RULE: I will be swimming.
YES: Fred and I will be swimming.

Now you have the rule, so I shouldn’t need to continue. If you’re still unsure, email me. I will be more than happy to help you!