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I've just read a couple of questions concerning the proper usage of the pronouns "I" and "me" in sentences like:

John and I went fishing

It seems clear and obvious to me, that when the pronoun is the subject of the sentence, we should use the subject pronoun.

My question concerns a different context, though. I'm curious as to which pronoun is correct when used in a short, one-word answer? So, when we hear a question like "Who wants to go fishing tomorrow?", should the answer be:

Me!

or

I!

My intuition tells me it should be the former, but I don't really know why. Is there any underlying rule in English, that dictates which pronoun - subject or object - should be used in the above-mentioned context?

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    Forget analysis (eg ... want to go fishing condenses to ...). Using 'I!' here makes you sound ridiculous. 'Me!' (or, if you want to sound less informal, 'I do!' – Edwin Ashworth May 8 '17 at 23:30
  • It's a question of grammatical? or acceptable?! I is grammatical and Me is acceptable. ( (It's) Me; I (do) - the question is who wants? ( the subject form) and the grammatical answer is I (the subject form)) – mahmud koya May 9 '17 at 0:52
  • @mahmud koya - We only use the subject form in sentences, like "I do." If the answer is a fragment (no verb) then we just say "Me." – AmI Sep 12 '17 at 18:06
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When a sentence fragment is devoid of verbals (modals or [aux] verbs), subject case marking is avoided (even when the fragment fills in the subject of a question).

  • Citations required to substantiate the answer. – mahmud koya May 9 '17 at 0:41

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