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English

Pronunciation

Pronoun

me first person singular pronoun, referring to the speaker


  1. As the direct object of a verb.
    Can you hear me?
  2. (obsolete) As a reflexive direct object of a verb.
    1819, John Keats, La Belle Dame sans Merci - And I awoke, and found me here.
  3. As the object of a preposition.
    Come with me.
  4. As the indirect object of a verb.
    He gave me this.
  5. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) As a reflexive indirect object of a verb; the ethical dative.
    1993, Harper’s Magazine, April - When I get to college, I’m gonna get me a white Nissan Sentra.
  6. As the complement of the copula (“be”, “is”).
    It wasn't me.
  7. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Preceding a noun, marking ownership.
    Wilfred Owen (1893–1918), The Letter - And give us back me cigarette!
  8. (colloquial) As the subject of a verb, used with and.
    Me and my friends played a game.
  9. (nonstandard) As the subject of a verb, used without and.
    1844, Charles Wilkes, Narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition, Vol. II - One of them, whose sobriquet was Big-headed Blackboy, was stretched out before the fire, and no answer could be obtained from him, but a drawling repetition, in grunts of displeasure, of “Bel (not) me want to go.”
    2005, Michael Chapman & Matthew Chapman, Teen Girl Squad Issue 10 (cartoon), part of Homestar Runner - Strong Bad: Me gotta see that again.

Usage notes

Me is traditionally described as the accusative pronoun, meaning it should be used as the object of verbs and prepositions, while the nominative pronoun I should be used as the subject of verbs. However, “accusative” pronouns are widely used as the subject of verbs in colloquial speech if they are accompanied by and: Me and her are friends. This usage is considered incorrect by some prescriptivists.

Some prescriptivists object to the use of me following the verb to be, as in “It wasn’t me.”, considering “It was not I.” to be correct.

Although the genitive use (marking ownership) is commonly used in speech in some dialects, speakers of these dialects usually use my in writing.

Using me as the lone subject (without and) of a verb is a feature of various types pidgin English, and is sometimes used by speakers of standard English for jocular effect. See me likee, me wantee.

Synonyms

  • (subject of a verb): I
  • (reflexive object): myself
  • (complement of the copula): I
  • (indirect object): us (Australia, UK)
  • (marking ownership): my; mine (archaic)

Translations

The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Help:How to check translations.

References

  • A Dictionary of North East Dialect, Bill Griffiths, 2005, Northumbria University Press, ISBN 1904794165
  • Newcastle 1970s, Scott Dobson and Dick Irwin, [1]

Albanian

Preposition

me

  1. with

Croatian

Pronoun

me

  1. of me (genitive singular of  (I))
  2. me (accusative singular of  (I)

Declension


Dutch

Pronunciation

Pronoun

me (personal)

  1. me; First-person singular, objective, mute form of mij.

Related terms

See Dictionary:Dutch inflection

Estonian

Etymology

Short form of meie.

Pronoun

me

  1. we

Finnish

Etymology

From the same Proto-Uralic *me as the Hungarian personal pronoun mi.

Pronunciation

  • IPA: [me]
  • Hyphenation: me
    Rhymes: -e

Pronoun

me (personal, plural, stem mei-)

  1. we

Inflection

Usage notes

  • Although usually omitted in written language (the verb shows both the person and the number), the pronoun is in spoken language practically always used. (cf. the usage of minä (I))

Synonyms

See also


French

Pronunciation

Pronoun

me (personal, objective case)

  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) me
  2. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) to me

Galician

Etymology

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:gl:Template:lang:la derivations]] mihi, dative singular form of ego, and from , accusative singular form of ego.

Pronoun

me accusative and dative (nominative eu, oblique min)

  1. (to) me (dative singular first-person personal pronoun)
  2. me (accusative singular first-person personal pronoun)
  3. myself (reflexive singular first-person personal pronoun)

See also


Guaraní

Noun

me

  1. male
  2. husband

Ido

Pronoun

me (personal)

  1. I, me

Italian

Pronunciation

Pronoun

me (personal, objective case)[[Category:Template:lang:it pronouns|me]]

  1. to me

Japanese

Noun

me (hiragana )

  1. : eye, -th
  2. : eye
  3. : sprout

Kurdish

Pronoun

me

  1. we (the speaker/writer and at least one other person)


This Kurdish entry was created from the translations listed at we. It may be less reliable than other entries, and may be missing parts of speech or additional senses. Please also see me in the Kurdish Wiktionary. This notice will be removed when the entry is checked. (more information) April 2008


Latin

Pronoun

(personal pronoun)[[Category:Template:lang:la pronouns|me]]

  1. me; accusative singular of ego.
  2. by me, with me, from me; ablative singular of ego.

Lingua Franca Nova

Pronoun

me

  1. I, me
  2. my

Lojban

Particle

me cmavo

  1. Converts a sumti to a selbri; x1 is specific to the following sumti in aspect x2.

Related terms


Mandarin

Pinyin syllable

me (form of me0 or me5)

  1. A transliteration of any of a number of Chinese characters properly represented as having the tone, .
  2. : interrogative particle; repetition of a tune small; tender
  3. :
  4. : islet in stream; small sandbar
  5. , : interrogative final particle; insignificant, small, tiny

Usage notes

English transcriptions of Chinese speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Chinese language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.


Nauruan

Conjunction

me

  1. and

Old English

Etymology

From Proto-Germanic *mik-, from Proto-Indo-European *me. Cognate with Old Frisian mi, Old Saxon (Dutch mij), Old High German mih (German mich), Old Norse mik, Gothic 𐌼𐌹𐌺. The IE root is also the source of Latin me, Greek με, Old Irish (Irish , Welsh mi), Proto-Slavic *me- (Old Church Slavonic мене, Russian меня), Lithuanian mi, Albanian mua.

Pronunciation

Pronoun

(personal pronoun)

  1. me: accusative or dative singular form of .

Portuguese

Portuguese personal pronouns (edit)
Number Person Subject Accusative case
(direct object)
Dative case
(indirect object)
Singular First eu me mim
Second tu te ti
Third ele, ela lhe, o, a, se ele, ela, si
Plural First nós nos nós
Second vós vos vós
Third eles, elas lhes, os, as, se eles, elas, si

Pronunciation

  • Hyphenation: me

Pronoun

me (personal pronoun)

  1. me, myself



Romani

Pronoun

me (personal)

  1. I

Slovene

Pronoun

me f. (personal)

  1. we

Spanish

Pronunciation

Pronoun

me (objective case)

  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) me
  2. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) to me, for me
  3. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) myself

Vietnamese

Noun

me

  1. tamarind

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