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definition of the word me

by the Wiktionnary

Rank of this word in the English language, from analyzing texts from Project Gutenberg.
their one so #40: me an we who

me first person singular pronoun, referring to the speaker


  1. As the direct object of a verb.
    Can you hear me?
  2. (obsolete) As a reflexive direct object of a verb.
    1819, John Keats, La Belle Dame sans Merci - And I awoke, and found me here.
  3. As the object of a preposition.
    Come with me.
  4. As the indirect object of a verb.
    He gave me this.
  5. (US, colloquial) As a reflexive indirect object of a verb; the ethical dative.
    1993, Harper’s Magazine, April - When I get to college, I’m gonna get me a white Nissan Sentra.
  6. As the complement of the copula (“be”, “is”).
    It wasn't me.
  7. (Australia, UK, especially Northeastern) Preceding a noun, marking ownership.
    Wilfred Owen (1893–1918), The Letter - And give us back me cigarette!
  8. (colloquial) As the subject of a verb, used with and.
    Me and my friends played a game.
  9. (nonstandard) As the subject of a verb, used without and.
    1844, Charles Wilkes, Narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition, Vol. II - One of them, whose sobriquet was Big-headed Blackboy, was stretched out before the fire, and no answer could be obtained from him, but a drawling repetition, in grunts of displeasure, of “Bel (not) me want to go.”
    2005, Michael Chapman & Matthew Chapman, Teen Girl Squad Issue 10 (cartoon), part of Homestar Runner - Strong Bad: Me gotta see that again.

Me is traditionally described as the accusative pronoun, meaning it should be used as the object of verbs and prepositions, while the nominative pronoun I should be used as the subject of verbs. However, “accusative” pronouns are widely used as the subject of verbs in colloquial speech if they are accompanied by and: Me and her are friends. This usage is considered incorrect by some prescriptivists.

Some prescriptivists object to the use of me following the verb to be, as in “It wasn’t me.”, considering “It was not I.” to be correct.

Although the genitive use (marking ownership) is commonly used in speech in some dialects, speakers of these dialects usually use my in writing.

Using me as the lone subject (without and) of a verb is a feature of various types pidgin English, and is sometimes used by speakers of standard English for jocular effect. See me likee, me wantee.


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