I know that when you include someone, you say their name first. For example:

"John and I went to the beach"

How do you order the names when there are more than one additional people? For example:

"John, Sarah, Kevin and I went to the beach"

Does it matter?

  • "more than one additional person". What is it more than? "One additional person". – itsbruce Nov 21 '14 at 12:38

You are free to choose any order you like, so long as 'and I' comes last.

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It is mostly recommended for any positive thing the third person must be placed at the beginning followed by the second and the first person and for any negative thing first person must be placed at the beginning followed by the third and the second person.Example:

You, he and I have won the match.

I, you and he have lost the match.

Though this is not a hard and fast rule of grammar, but it is recommended this way for a tone of politeness. For any neutral sentence, we must place the first person at last.

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  • Why the down vote? Of course, there's no second person in the OP's example. – Kris Nov 21 '14 at 12:55
  • If it is mostly recommended, could you cite a reference to one or more of those recommendations? – itsbruce Nov 21 '14 at 13:00
  • Atleast point out a reason for the down vote.It is discouraging to get down votes when you do not know the reason for it – Anmol Kukreja Nov 21 '14 at 13:01
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    I don't think the advice about "I first when negative" is valid. The second example sentence is simply not idiomatic English. – Jonathan Leffler Nov 21 '14 at 14:16
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    If "we lost the match" isn't suitable, then "you, he and I lost the match" is normal. In other words, I don't think the positive/negative distinction is valid in English. At least, not in English English as I was taught it half a century ago. – Jonathan Leffler Nov 21 '14 at 14:34

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