Grammar Repair Shop: Is it ‘he’ or ‘him’?

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Which is proper “me and him” or “him and I”? — Rose Koenig, Administrative Secretary

It’s a good question. Often when people speak, they don’t get these pronouns right. Then, when they try to write using pronouns, people get confused about the correct grammar.

Here’s the rule: If you’re using pronouns as objects within a sentence, then you’d write “him and me” or “me and him.”

If you were using pronouns as subjects of the sentence, you’d write “he and I.”

Examples:

“Mr. Smith would like to see the report. When you’ve finished, send a copy to me and him.”

“He and I will send back any comments before the deadline.”

Another way to determine which is correct: If you know you should use “I,” then you also have to use “he.” And if you know you should use “me,” then you also have to use “him.” The order of the pronouns—"him and me" versus "me and him"—doesn’t matter.

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