My mom is an English major--double major, actually, in literature and creative writing. Having an English major for a mom has some interesting side effects. We were required to speak properly. Just the other day I was having a conversation with my mom and I said "him," but I should have said, "he" and my mom gently corrected me.
So I have a grammar quiz for you, answers included, about the use of the word "I."
1. Wendell and I went on vacation.
2. This is a picture of Denae and I.
3. I just need to grab something out of Dad and I's room.
4. Emma, Anson, Nathan and I watched Star Wars the other night.
5. That was a great meeting for Zach and I. (This is a direct quote off of Little People, Big World.)
Hint: To tell if the "I" makes sense, remove the other people from the sentence, conjugate the verb to the singular, if necessary, and read.
1. Right. I went on a vacation. Makes perfect sense.
2. Wrong. This is a picture of I. Nope. No one would say that. This is a picture of me. Therefore, the sentence should read, "This is a picture of Denae and me."
3. Wrong. I need to grab something out of I's room. There is no such contraction as "I's" and everyone would say "my room." The corrected version, "I just need to grab something out of Dad's and my room."
4. Right. I watched Star Wars the other night. Yep, even without the names it makes sense.
5. Wrong. That was a great meeting for I. See. It sounds dumb without the other name. You would normally say, "That was a great meeting for me." So, "That was a great meeting for Zach and me," is the correct choice.
Wasn't that fun? Feel free to leave your own grammar tips or correct any of my grammatical mistakes.
I need to give a shout out to Jessica and thank her for the format.