I was corrected in the middle of a conversation because I used "John and I are friends" as opposed to "John and me are friends."
I think the former sounds correct, but am not sure. Could someone help?
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"I" and "me" are both first singular pronouns. They are used by a person to refer to himself; however, "I" is the doer of the action while "me" is the receiver of the action.
That is why grammarians and teachers insist on using "I" when it is in the place of a subject and "me" when it's in a place of an object.
So the formal choice, especially in writing, is
John and I are friends.
and it is considered the correct form because if you take "john" out, the sentence is transformed to
I am a friend.
The subject pronoun remains the same and there is a consistency.