This is a difficult one for me because I want to start heaving with the misuse of me, my and I. Mostly because … ohhh, give me a minute now … okay I think I’ve composed myself … whoops, nope not quite … okay. It’s because of this verbal hate crime: people who say or write “I’s”
Okay, I started a full body shudder just typing that tragedy.
Now, hopefully, all of you are as confused as I am about why anyone would SAY this let alone WRITE IT, so let’s talk. I’m more forgiving about verbal grammatical mistakes because I know sometimes when we get talking (and in my case, I’m frequently talking really fast), we stop thinking about the grammatical portion of what we’re saying and are just trying to convey information. However, when you WRITE something you have the opportunity to see it, consider it and edit it.
But never, ever, ever, ever should you say “I’s.” (Oh GAWD bile just crept up into the back of my throat. It hurts even sharing info to correct this!) It seems people use this completely made up, bass-ackwards, podunk, hick town, diarrhea of a word because they aren’t clear on when to use “me, my and I” Here are a couple of examples I’ve seen online recently which prompted this post:
Now, a simple fix would be to rework the sentences. But for those who don’t seem to know what to do, you need to think about how you would write this if the other person’s name wasn’t present. In the first example, “Iva and I love this animal.” (Without Iva it would be “I love this animal.”) Or “Our favorite animal.” The second example, “My wife and my seafood collaboration.” (Without the “my wife” part it would be “my seafood collaboration.” Or “Our seafood collaboration dinner.”
If you need more help with when to use me, my and I, let’s take a walk down to my favorite grammar app complete with a Chrome extension, Grammarly. It will highlight words and sentences you type incorrectly online and give you suggestions on how to fix it. So you appear to be falling in line with the Queen of Words even when you’re not! Wonderful!