- the objective case of I, used as a direct or indirect object: They asked me to the party. Give me your hand.
- Informal. (used instead of the pronoun I in the predicate after the verb to be): It's me.
- Informal. (used instead of the pronoun my before a gerund): Did you hear about me getting promoted?
- of or involving an obsessive interest in one's own satisfaction: the me decade.
Origin of me
Me and other objective forms have also replaced the subjective forms in speech in constructions like Me neither; Not us; Who, them? and in comparisons after as or than: She's no faster than him at getting the answers. When the pronoun is the subject of a verb that is expressed, the nominative forms are used: Neither did I. She's no faster than he is at getting the answers. See also than.
3. When a verb form ending in -ing functions as a noun, it is traditionally called a gerund: Walking is good exercise. She enjoys reading biographies. Usage guides have long insisted that gerunds, being nouns, must be preceded by the possessive form of the pronouns or nouns ( my; your; her; his; its; our; their; child's; author's ) rather than by the objective forms ( me; you; him; her; it; us; them ): The landlord objected to my (not me ) having guests late at night. Several readers were delighted at the author's (not author ) taking a stand on the issue. In standard practice, however, both objective and possessive forms appear before gerunds. Possessives are more common in formal edited writing, but the occurrence of objective forms is increasing; in informal writing and speech objective forms are more common: Many objections have been raised to the government (or government's ) allowing lumbering in national parks. “Does anyone object to me (or my ) reading this report aloud?” the moderator asked.
Examples from the Web for mest
Pore Nesh mest hev lost his head for wence, since he trested thet dem villain.
White ants (Mest) are not so numerous and destructive in the upper as in the lower country.The Highlands of Ethiopia
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Nesh mest hev known him before; he would never trest a stranger so.
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- Middle English
- (in titles) Most Excellent
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- refers to the speaker or writerthat shocks me; he gave me the glass
- (when used an an indirect object) mainly US a dialect word for myself I want to get me a car
- informal the personality of the speaker or writer or something that expresses itthe real me comes out when I'm happy
- a variant spelling of mi
Word Origin and History for mest
Old English me (dative), me, mec (accusative); oblique cases of I, from Proto-Germanic *meke (accusative), *mes (dative), cf. Old Frisian mi/mir, Old Saxon mi, Middle Dutch mi, Dutch mij, Old High German mih/mir, German mich/mir, Old Norse mik/mer, Gothic mik/mis; from PIE root *me-, oblique form of the personal pronoun of the first person singular (nominative *eg; see I); cf. Sanskrit, Avestan mam, Greek eme, Latin me, mihi, Old Irish me, Welsh mi "me," Old Church Slavonic me, Hittite ammuk.
Erroneous or vulgar use for nominative (e.g. it is me) attested from c.1500. Dative preserved in obsolete meseems, methinks and expressions such as sing me a song ("dative of interest"). Reflexively, "myself, for myself, to myself" from late Old English.
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Idioms and Phrases with mest
see dear me; so help me.