People are happy enough to go with Me to a movie. (Last week a friend went to see The Martian with Me; the two of us both found it lackluster, but that’s beside the point.) People sometimes even give gifts to Me. You might hear someone say, “Look at this lovely crystal peacock that the Duchess gave to Me.”
Everything changes if someone else shows up, though.
Everything can seem to be going along just swimmingly for Me, but then suddenly people show how they really feel. If anyone else shows up people shove Me aside, going instead for my “classier” sister to say, “Would you like to come along to the movies with Francesca and I?” No one wants to be seen with poor, common Me, and people don’t want to share with Me, either: That beautiful crystal peacock? Well, now I have it. “The Duchess gave the most lovely crystal peacock to Francesca and I.”
What about Me? Wasn’t that crystal peacock for Me?
How do you think all this makes Me feel? It baffles Me. What is so objectionable about Me. Why can’t people understand the objective nature of Me isn’t objectionable. I can get a little snooty about being all subjective, and serving as the subject of sentences, but being objective is important, too. It’s the only way to be a direct or indirect object–and especially the only way to do a good job as the object of a preposition! No matter how hard I may try, a nominative pronoun is never any good as the object of a preposition. This isn’t only a problem for Me.
I am getting overworked.
The time has come, and I am putting my serif down! I work hard as the subject of your sentences; I enjoy mixing it sometimes up as a predicate nominative. (Quite the clever pronoun am I.) But I absolutely do not work in prepositional phrases, not even with a friend. So when the Duchess is handing out crystal fowl, let her give it to Aloysius and Me. Go to the movies sometimes with Francesca and Me. Give your friends and Me a chance to get acquainted. Do it for yourself… and Me.
This is my personal grammatical pet peeve. I’ve never been able to understand why people feel the need to say for you and I when they would never say for I. I think they believe it sounds more sophisticated, but it really just sounds like some schmuck with poor grammar trying to pass himself off as sophisticated. It doesn’t work, Schmucky.
If you haven’t heard it, start listening; I’m sure you’ll hear it soon. And now it will bug you, too.