Which is correct in this case?

I (and my name) accept the terms.

Me(and my name) accept the terms.

  • If it's just you why do you need to say it twice? – Jim Mar 7 '18 at 3:30
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    "I, Frank Smith, accept the terms." – Hot Licks Mar 7 '18 at 3:32
  • Or are you asking about: "I, Mireli, accept the terms." – Jim Mar 7 '18 at 3:32
  • Thank you Hot L, and yes Jim I’m talking about “I, Mireli, accept the terms.” – Mireli Mar 7 '18 at 3:43

Listing your name immediately after the first-person pronoun is a good example of an appositive. Appositives rename or further describe their precedent, and they are usually set off from the rest of the sentence with commas. Because the appositive is a simple renaming phrase, it can be removed from the sentence construction without changing the meaning, and removing extra terms is often an easy way to see which form of pronoun should be used.

In this case, the form is "{pronoun}, {appositive}, accept the terms." You can drop the appositive to see what the correct personal pronoun should be: "I accept the terms," since I am the one performing the action of accepting the terms. The subject of a sentence takes a nominative pronoun, which is I for the first person singular. Me is in the objective case, so it would not be grammatically correct here.

And you can then insert your name for the appositive: "I, Jed Schaaf, accept the terms."

This sort of structure is common in formal documents, such as wills ("I, Jed Schaaf, being of sound mind..."), contracts, or other legal forms, in which extremely precise and correct language is required.

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    +1 for talking about appositives. But as the substance of the question was about 'I vs me', consider expanding on "(not me)" in your answer. – Lawrence Jul 17 '18 at 18:02

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