“You and Me” or “You and I”

These two phrases confuse a lot of learners of English. At first, they may seem absolutely similar, but in fact, they have different grammatical usage.

The main thing you need to remember is that

You and me = us
You and I = we

That means that the first phrase should be used as an object pronoun, while the second one as a subject pronoun. To simplify this grammar rule, just remember that subject pronouns introduce the action while object pronouns receive the action.

For example 👇

My mother bought some apples for you and me = My mother bought some apples for us

There is love between you and me = There is love between us

My parents promised to take you and me to the Zoo = My parents promised to take us to the Zoo

You and I saw a comet in the sky = We saw a comet in the sky

You and I were good friends at school = We were good friends at school

You and I made it together = We made it together

By the way, many of us heard two famous songs of Lady Gaga and One Direction. They both have phrases with “You and I” and both use them incorrectly. We don’t know the reason why authors made the mistakes, but the result is a lot of learners of English think that it’s correct to say “between you and I” and “something about you and I”. No, this is wrong. Look at the lyrics and remember how we should not use “You and Me” or “You and I” phrases:

Something, something about this place
Something, about lonely nights and my lipstick on your face
Something, something about my cool Nebraska guy
Yeah, something about, baby, you and I.

Lady Gaga


You and I.
We don’t wanna be like them.
We can make it ‘till the end.
Nothing can come between you and I.
One Direction

And by the way, Klaus Meine from Scorpions does it absolutely right:

You and I just have a dream
To find our love a place, where we can hide away
You and I were just made
To love each other now, forever and a day

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____ went to the shop an hour ago.
You and I
You and me
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We use the construction “You and I” in the meaning of “we”.

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