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D00M
Posted: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 5:15:23 AM

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Hello respected teachers,

Which should be in the following, "I" or "Me"?

John: Where have you been?

Me/I: Not so far away.

I feel "me" is correct but reason that "I" should be used.
Elorac
Posted: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 7:40:02 AM
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John: Where have you been?
Me: Not so far away.


John said: Where have you been?
I replied: Not so far away.
Wilmar (USA) 1M
Posted: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 10:57:40 AM

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It isn't a sentence -- does it matter? Try this, instead.

John: Where have you been?
D00M: Not so far away.
NKM
Posted: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 12:40:06 PM

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As Wilmar suggests, it really doesn't matter.

It can be done either way, though the usage is probably less common with pronouns than with names.

Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Thursday, September 20, 2018 9:31:25 AM

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Hi D00M.

I agree with the others that it doesn't really matter (it's not in a sentence, so there is little point in considering inflection and cases).

However, I agree with you - "Me" sounds better, though "I" might be more 'logical'.
thar
Posted: Thursday, September 20, 2018 10:05:02 AM

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I think that because there is no case ending in names, there is no pattern here to show which case you are using.

So, when selecting a pronoun, you have a choice - and 'me' is the standard choice.
This is purely my opinion why.
'I' is such a weak sound - you tend to use 'me' as much as possible. Commonly as a complement, as has been shown in other answers
- It is me
not
It is I

and colloquially as a subject when part of a plural subject
Me and my friends went out last night
instead of
My friends and I went out last night.

'I' is just something you try to avoid using!

Maybe because it is weak. Maybe because it just doesn't fit all the other words - me, to me, my, mine, myself.
'I' is a weak imposter. No need to use it unless you really have to.

Whistle But not really joking.

There are the pronouns with a common pattern
you, you, your, yours, yourself
he, him, his, his, himself
they, them, their, theirs, themselves

then there are the disjointed ones, but at least the sounds are strong
she, her, her, hers, herself
we, us, our, ours, ourselves.

But
I, me, my, mine, myself
really?
What the heck is it doing there? Whistle

FounDit
Posted: Thursday, September 20, 2018 11:33:51 AM

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Off the top of my head (which means I haven't given this a lot of thought), the difference between "me" and "I" appears to me to be the difference between the willful, directive "I", who initiates actions and the presence of "I", called "me" when actions are directed towards "me".

Notice in each instance above, things are directed, or occur "to" me, but "I" make decisions, or choose to think or act.

In your example:

John: Where have you been?

Me/I: Not so far away.

The question was directed to you. Therefore, from your perspective, you would say "me:".

In thar's example, I would never say, "Me and my friends went out last night". I would say "I went out last night with some friends". Alternatively, I might say, "My friends invited me out last night".

Again, notice the difference between the two forms. "I" went, but they invited "me".

This isn't an absolute thing, but it is a very common situation. So much so, that it might be thought of as a general rule of usage. But people don't always follow the rules.
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