Using the Correct Pronoun

Sometimes, choosing the correct pronoun can be difficult. Consider this sentence: “Ron and ____ left.”

So, here, you either need to insert the pronoun “Ron and I left“, or “Ron and me left“. So, how do you choose the correct one? Well, I’ll go ahead and tell you that the correct response is “I“. This sentence should read:

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The following transcript is provided for your convenience.

Ron and I left.”

Now, there is a grammatical way to come to that conclusion, but there’s an easy trick to figure it out.

Try removing the first noun of the sentence. So, if we remove “Ron” and “and“, and then we just read the sentence like this, it’s much more easy to figure out which pronoun to use.

We can read the sentence two ways. We can try “I left“, or we can say “Me left“. “Me left“, obviously, is not grammatically correct. So, the correct pronoun here must be “I“. “I left.”

So then, that means we can plug “I” into the sentence, and the sentence makes sense, like:

Ron and I left.”

Alright, let’s look at another option, or another example.

He gave Ron and ____ a gift.”

So, here, do we insert the pronoun “I” or “me“?

Well, let’s try the trick again, and remove “Ron” and “and” from the sentence. So, we can try it two ways. Once by inserting the pronoun “I“, and once by inserting the pronoun “me“.

He gave me a gift.”

Or, we could read it as:

He gave I a gift.”

Here, “I” does not sound grammatically correct. So, “me” must be the correct response, because “He gave me a gift” sounds grammatically correct. So, “me” is the correct pronoun to insert in the blank. So, the sentence now reads:

He gave Ron and me a gift.”

And that is the correct way to do it. So, again, the more you get familiar with these pronouns, the easier it will be to determine which pronoun to use.

But, you can always use the trick of eliminating one of the nouns of a sentence to figure out which pronoun you need.

Notice one more thing, that I always put the pronouns second, because in this case, these sentences were referring to the speaker. So, if say these sentences are referring to myself, out of respect for the other person, you should always put yourself last in the order of people. So, it wouldn’t be correct to say:

I and Ron left.”


He gave me and Ron a gift.”

It always is grammatically correct to put yourself after the other people in the sentence.

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