I AND ME
I is the subject – the person who carries out the action in the sentence.
– I passed Simon the sugar.
Me is the object – the person who receives the action in the sentence.
-Simon passed me the sugar.
OR: Simon passed the sugar to me.
A lot of people get mixed up when there are a few subjects or objects in the sentence, but it is still the same principle:
-Ryan and I saw David at the shop.
Ryan is the subject
I am the subject
David is the object
-Simon called Ryan and me.
Simon is the subject
Ryan is the object
me is the object
The word myself is used in two ways:
1. As a reflexive pronoun – when “I” is the subject AND the object
-I bought myself a coffee.
(This means I paid for MY own coffee)
-I burned myself when I was cooking.
2. For accentuatation – when you want to accentuate the “I”
-I wrote this book myself!
(I want to stress that I wrote it, and not someone else)
-I realize Simon was driving as I saw him go down the street myself.
(I saw Simon driving with my own eyes)
-Give me the spoon – I’ll make the coffee myself.
(I’ll make the coffee personally)
By myself signifies you are alone:
-I went out to dinner by myself.
I hope this has helped you see the differences between these very similar pronouns a little bit!