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Is the saying "According to me" correct?

I believe it's incorrect, and that "In my opinion" is better.

Can anyone clarify?

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If you ask me, it is correct but don't use it. –  Kris Feb 20 '12 at 7:36
    
What do you mean by 'incorrect'? The phrase is grammatical, and makes sense, but would kind of a funny thing to say, since one usually thinks of 'according to' referring to some one remote. –  Mitch Feb 20 '12 at 17:01
    
@Mitch: imho Kris was being a little light-hearted there, in that his "If you ask me" is a "plug-in replacement" for "According to me". As are all sorts of things like "I think that...", "IMHO...", etc. –  FumbleFingers Feb 20 '12 at 17:18
    
@FumbleFingers: I would have addressed Kris if I were responding to him. My question was to the OP. –  Mitch Feb 20 '12 at 17:58
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@Mitch: I think it might be a little hard to expect that of OP, given he's asking for clarification. He clearly thinks there's "something wrong", as do most of us here. We're supposed to be the ones explaining what's wrong, not the OP. –  FumbleFingers Feb 20 '12 at 18:14

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The use according to me is correct, but it doesn't have the same meaning as in my opinion.

The form according to nn is used when nn is some kind of authority, so if you are using it on yourself, you are also implying that you are an authority in the field.

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It's certainly grammatical. Whether and where you use it is entirely a matter of personal choice.

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I suppose 'according to' suggests you are referring to someone other than yourself? –  Kris Feb 20 '12 at 7:37
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@Kris: It does. I think you would use it of yourself only as a joke. –  Barrie England Feb 20 '12 at 7:48
    
I can imagine it as an answer to the question "According to whom?" –  user16269 Feb 20 '12 at 7:52
    
@DavidWallace: Yes. –  Barrie England Feb 20 '12 at 8:12
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@krishnajay: As I keep having to say, it depends on the context. David has suggested one way it might be used. But if you have any doubts and want a short answer, it's 'Don't use it.' You can, however, say something like 'According to my research . . .' –  Barrie England Feb 20 '12 at 12:44

Anything that can go wrong, will, according to Murphy

According to me, Murphy was an optimist.

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So? That explains something? –  Kris Feb 20 '12 at 10:01
    
+1: I think this explains everything! –  RiMMER Feb 20 '12 at 10:05
    
+1 for the most cynical world-view I've come across in a while! –  FumbleFingers Feb 20 '12 at 17:20

According to Longman, you cannot say "according to me" as it means "as shown by something or stated by someone or reported by".

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if you use according to as a reporting device, "according to me" will be incorrect since you are the one who is reporting. In this usage, according to is mostly used to attribute statements / thoughts to other sources/people. Below is an excerpt from "The New Fowler's Modern English Usage":

According to, used as a complex preposition, means

1) in a manner that is consistent with something

Everything went according to plan.

2) as stated by someone or in something

2.A) as a factual statement

According to our records your current account is in credit.

2.B) with an element of uncertainty or disbelief

According to you, you were at school this morning but according to the teacher you were not.

3) in a manner or degree that is in proportion to something

... salary according to experience.

Arrange the blocks according to size and colour.

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However, Longman did not say why the someone cannot be me. Only, ! Do not say 'according to me' or 'according to my opinion/point of view'. –  Kris Feb 20 '12 at 10:04

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