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Common mistakes between I, me, mine and myself

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Most of us get confused between the usage of - I, me, mine and myself. Are you confused, what to use when? This blog will help clear your confusion.


When to use I, me, mine and myself


1. I and me

‘I’ is used when you are referring to yourself. In this, you are the one who is performing the action.

Example- I am going for the dance class with Shweta.

Example- I submitted the project a little late.


Me is used when someone else is going to perform a particular action for, to, you, or.

Example- My mom scolded my brother and me.

Example- Minnu is going to cook  delicious food for me.


2. My and mine

‘My’ is always used before the noun or adjective. 


Example- Arinjita is my best friend.

Example- My book is with Reena, so I need to go to her house to collect it from her.


 Mine replaces the noun. Mine cannot be put before a noun.

Example- Those books are mine.

Example- I don’t like to share things which are mine.


3. Myself

‘Myself’ is a pronoun which should be used when you are performing the task by yourself.

‘Myself’ can be used in two situations:

a. When you do something to yourself

Example- I accidently closed the door against myself.

Example- I tried helping myself from hurting.


b. When you want to emphasize ‘I’

Example- I cooked the pasta myself.

Example- I did my homework myself, so please stop shouting at me.


4. By myself

The word by myself means alone. It means when you perform a task or action by yourself.

Example- As my friends were busy, I had to go for the movie by myself.

Example- I am trying to solve a mathematic problem by myself without anyone’s help.


We hope your confusion is solved to a great extent. Now, you need to practise using these according to situations.  This will help improve your vocabulary and also your spoken English skills. Join our online spoken English classes to improve your reading, writing and speaking skills. We live in a world where English communication is a must to grow and succeed in professional world, it is important to keep on practicing spoken English. Stay tuned for more blogs on improving spoken English skills.


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