Equipping Professionals to be Effective Communicators
Equipping Professionals to be Effective Communicators
Equipping Professionals to be Effective Communicators
Equipping Professionals to be Effective Communicators

Communication Tip #71

When in doubt, leave the other word out.

That’s my mantra when teaching individual clients and workshop attendees whether to use “I, she, he” (subject pronouns) or “me, her, him” (object pronouns).

Examples:

  • “John and me went to the meeting.” (Test it: Leave out John: “Me went to the meeting.”) Correct: “John and I went to the meeting.”
  • “This is the email her and I sent.” (Test it: “This is the email her sent.”) Correct: “This is the email she and I sent.”
  • “The VPs praised Chris and I.” (Test it: “The VPs praised I.”) Correct: “The VPs praised Chris and me.”

Another clue: You never use the pronouns “him” or “her” with “I”.  And you never use “she” or “he” with “me.”

  • “Him and me completed the project.” (Test it: “Him completed the project. Me completed the project.”) Correct: “He and I completed the project.”