English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I'm a bit confused. Is it correct to use "me too" and "I too"? (Also with other pronouns.)

For example, if I want to say that Juan gives a present to Ana and I give a present to Ana:

Juan gives a present to Ana, [me/I] too.

Or if I want to say that Juan gives a present to Ana and Pedro gives a present to Ana:

Juan gives a present to Ana, [him/he] too.

share|improve this question
up vote 7 down vote accepted

When I write, I would not use any of these “[pronoun] too,” and I would write

Juan gives a present to Ana, and so do I.

Juan gives a present to Ana, and so does he.

When speaking informally, I may say

Juan gives a present to Ana, and me too.

but this is ambiguous because “me too” can mean both “I give a present to Ana, too” and “Juan gives a present to me, too.” I would never use “I too” in the informal context.

(By the way, all of these examples have a separate issue: using the simple present sounds strange because it implies Juan, Pedro or I give a present to Ana routinely.)

(Added: Kosmonaut pointed out in a comment that the simple present is used also when you are narrating the situation (thanks!). That is a more plausible context in which these sentences are used than people give a present routinely. See Kosmonaut’s comment to this answer.)

share|improve this answer
Great answer; I just wanted to add that the simple present could also mean that you are narrating the situation, like if you are describing what is happening in some photos you are looking at. (This is probably not the context that was intended by the questioner though.) – Kosmonaut Oct 30 '10 at 23:23
@Kosmonaut: Thanks! – Tsuyoshi Ito Oct 30 '10 at 23:56
so do i :) [3 more] – Rakesh Juyal Oct 31 '10 at 12:05
Thanks, now I understand it :) – vicmp3 Oct 31 '10 at 16:24

I thought to enlarge upon the first para of this superlative answer by quoting http://www.grammarphobia.com/blog/2010/08/me-too-i-too.html (I was the one who boled):

Q: I know someone who thinks he knows everything about English. This person says the most widely tolerated grammatical error is “Me too.” He insists it should always be “I too.” Is this true?

A: “Me” is a much misunderstood pronoun. Perhaps the most common grammatical error in English is using “I” where “me” would be correct.

For example, in a sentence like “He told John and I a story,” the pronoun should be “me,” not “I.”

In standard English, “me” is an object pronoun. “Me” is technically incorrect only when it’s being used as a nominative (or subject) pronoun – that is, when it’s the subject or implied subject of a sentence.

So “me” is impeccably correct in cases where it’s the implied object of an elliptical (or incomplete) sentence like “Me too.”

For example, if we say, “She invited us to the party,” and you respond, “Me too,” you’re using “me” correctly. “Me too” is an elliptical way of saying “[She invited] me too.” Here, “I too” would be incorrect. You’d never say “She invited I too.”

Or if we say to someone else, “Here’s a gift from us,” and you respond, “Me too,” then you’re using “me” correctly. “Me too” is an elliptical way of saying “[It’s from] me too.” Here, “I too” would be incorrect. You’d never say “It’s from I too.”

On the other hand, if we say, “We’re hungry,” and you respond, “I too,” you’re technically correct though unnaturally formal (more on that later).
In this case, “I too” is an elliptical way of saying “I [am hungry] too.”

There are other kinds of constructions in which the choice of “me” and “I” in short elliptical phrases may depend on whether a subject or an object is implied. We wrote a blog item about this last year.

So much for what’s technically correct and incorrect. The truth is that few people say “I too,” and for good reason. Even when it’s correct (and often it isn’t), it’s stiff and formal sounding.

As we’ve written before on the blog, the use of “Me too” for “I too” is an extremely common idiom and a natural development in English.

The reason is that English speakers generally choose “me” over “I” when a pronoun is the subject of an elliptical, verbless sentence, never mind what’s technically correct.

In a short reply without a verb, “I” seems unnaturally stiff to most people, including us. If it seems stiff to you too, use “Me too.”

share|improve this answer

As a professional editor of some thirty years, here's a simple fix to that "informal" sentence:

Juan gives a present to Ana, and to me, too.

Meanwhile, here's a valid "I, too" use:

I, too, slew a dragon, just as Sir Bors did.

share|improve this answer
The first of these is not a ‘fix’ of anything—it’s a completely different statement that means a different thing altogether. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Dec 31 '14 at 18:05

Simply stick with the pronoun you would have used if the statement was made about your action and your action alone.
For example if you will say: Juan gave a present to Ana and I gave a present to Ana.

Then you can combine them and say: Juan gave a present to Ana. I too. or Juan and I gave a present to Ana.

Since you will not say "Me gave a present to Ana" you cannot use "me" in these examples.

share|improve this answer
This is blatantly incorrect. “I too” in this way, as an averbal echo statement, is at best very uncommon and jarring, at worst utterly ungrammatical. The only version ever used is “me too”. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Dec 31 '14 at 18:07

protected by tchrist Dec 31 '14 at 19:37

Thank you for your interest in this question. Because it has attracted low-quality or spam answers that had to be removed, posting an answer now requires 10 reputation on this site (the association bonus does not count).

Would you like to answer one of these unanswered questions instead?

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.