October 11

Tips: Use of I, me, myself: The question of how to refer to yourself along with other people is commonly misunderstood. Most people know to say the other person’s name first when it happens at the beginning of the sentence; “Mark and I went to the meeting.” But when this same phrase happens at the end of a sentence people get confused, often thinking the same usage of “I” is appropriate, which it isn’t. Instead, it should be “The CEO met with Mark and me.” The easy way to remember this one is to imagine removing the other person’s name. It would sound weird to say “The CEO met with I,” right? As for “myself,” only use it if “me” or “I” would sound awkward in its place, such as “I kept the secret to myself.” Saying “Mark and myself will attend the meeting” only makes a speaker look silly when a simple “I” would have sufficed.

Thought for the day: Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter – Bible: New Testament Revelation 1:19

Jumpstart: Your character is digging a hole in her backyard to plant a tree – and she digs up a skeleton. What happens next?