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“My friends and I” vs. “My friends and me” vs. “Me and my friends”
Is naming the first person last proper grammar or just proper manners?

"Julio and I went to the schoolyard." is a valid sentence.

How about "I and Julio went to the schoolyard."?

It's impolite (putting yourself first) and awkward, but is it grammatically incorrect?

[I realize the original lyric "see me and Julio..." is a grammatically correct imperative sentence]

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marked as duplicate by MετάEd, Robusto, tchrist, Mark Beadles, JSBձոգչ Dec 12 '12 at 16:04

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The original lyric is "See you, me, and Julio" but it's admittedly hard to hear. – Mark Beadles Dec 12 '12 at 15:26
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It's impolite (putting yourself first) and awkward, but it is correct grammatically.

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I don't think "I and Julio went to the schoolyard." is grammatically incorrect.
It is simply not the common (and polite) form.

See for instance the personnal pronoun section on compounding:

When a personal pronoun is connected by a conjunction to another noun or pronoun, its case does not change.
We would write:
"I am taking a course in Asian history"; if Talitha is also taking that course, we would write:
"Talitha and I are taking a course in Asian history."
(Notice that Talitha gets listed before "I" does. This is one of the few ways in which English is a "polite" language.)

The same is true when the object form is called for:
"Professor Vendetti gave all her books to me"; if Talitha also received some books, we'd write:
"Professor Vendetti gave all her books to Talitha and me."

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The quoted section implies that it would be grammatically incorrect to say "I and Talitha". This may have started for reasons of politeness, but became ingrained into the English language. – Avi Dec 29 '10 at 9:07

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