Me

Diction and correct grammar usage in speaking is important. Maybe I am old school. Maybe I am fussy, but I have a hard time with the “loose” use of grammar that is becoming more prevelant.

When my own children were small my husband and I ( not me and my husband) were diligant. We corrected their speech EVERY single time they made a mistake. They are now 19 and 20 and rarely makes mistakes, but are used to being corrected.

I am working with my bright, creative and passionate student teacher. She has many strong qualities- relationships, fast learner, problem solver, but she incorrectly uses ME.

Me and my sister went to the store. ( NO) rather use My sister and I- You see “I” is a subject pronoun and “ME” is an object pronoun. Simply take off one of the parts and you will hear it. My sister went to the store (YES) “Me” went the store is fine for Cookie Monster..but not for adults. A hard NO on that one.

I feel very strongly that if during an interaction with an interview committee, a mentor, a professional person or an employer, that would most likely be a deal breaker. Students work so hard on their resumes and cover letters, but spoken grammar is CRITICAL if you want to be in a professional job.

I will continue to be diligent and correct her ( and any young person) EVERY time- I wish I could correct some adults…maybe they don’t know…but that would be going to far. I would never want this talented young lady to be overlooked because of grammar misuse, but I know of MANY people who have been denied jobs because of typos in resumes. This is no different. She and I have work to do, but we will get there.

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