This common mistake is especially tricky when there are two pronouns. Once you learn how to use the proper pronoun, you’ll hear mistakes all around you. Luckily, there’s an easy trick to ensure you’ve chosen the right word.
- Bring that to him and I.
- She cats don’t belong to my.
The difficulty most often arises with more than one object pronoun. “Bring that to him and me” is right; many people will incorrectly say “him and I.” “I visited him and her” is correct, while “I visited he and she” is incorrect. To get it right every time, remove one of the two pronouns: “Bring that to him” (correct) and “Bring that to I” (incorrect). That second one sounds so wrong that you will correct yourself automatically: “Bring that to him and me.”
MORE TO KNOW
Personal pronouns take three different forms: nominative (I), objective (me), and possessive (both my and mine, all mine). I am eating this chocolate (I am the subject). The chocolate belongs to me (the object is me). It is mine (a self-sufficient possessive pronoun). The subject pronouns include I, you, he, she, it, we, you, and they. Object pronouns include me, you, him, her, it, us, you, and them. Possessive pronouns include the dependent category of my, your, his, her, its, our, your, and their; they each take an object, as in my dog. The independent category includes mine, yours, his, hers, its, ours, yours, and theirs. Notice that none of the possessive pronouns use apostrophes.