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I heard it from a movie.

Situation 1

Mommy: Who is ready for lunch?

A boy: I am.

A little girl : Me!

Situation 2

Mommy: Who wants to eat some ice cream?

A boy: I do.

A little girl : Me!

I think "me" is an object pronoun used after a verb or preposition.

Why can we use it for answering a question?

Are there any rules about using it?

And can we use "Me!" instead of I do./ I did./ I am. / I was. and so on to answering a question starting with "Who...?" like the example below?

Mommy : Who made a mess?

A little girl : Me!

A boy : Her! (And can the boy say "Her!" which means a little girl made a mess?)

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    Context, context, context. If the little girl used proper grammar through the entire film, how realistic would it be? Yes, me and her are object pronouns used after a preposition. No, children don't always adhere to grammatical rules, particularly when giving one-word answers to questions. – J.R. Dec 11 '13 at 10:44
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    Sure they do. No one says "I!" in response to such a question, which strongly implies a rule is followed. Your rule just happens to be wrong. – snailcar Dec 11 '13 at 11:13
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    I'm pretty sure that that little girl will answer the question Who made a mess? with, of course, Him! – Damkerng T. Dec 11 '13 at 16:50
  • This comment might be a tad bit off topic, but I'm curious. Why do you specify a little girl in each example, but refer to the boy as simply a boy? Boys and girls are both already little. (I'm honestly curious as to what your answer is.) – WendiKidd Dec 14 '13 at 2:11
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    @WendiKidd I mean a boy is a big brother and a little girl is a little sister. I hope you understand me if my English is not good. – nkm Dec 14 '13 at 3:21
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In spoken English, object pronouns are also used as emphatic or referential pronouns.

For example, I typically think of myself as "me," and a group including me as "us." We use these emphatic or referential pronouns in any stand-alone statement (i.e. one without a verb), such as a quick answer to a question.

Thus "who wants to come?" You could say in response "Me." "Us." "Not us." or "Her" or "Not us, but maybe them." (note that with "you" there is no ambiguity since the subject and object pronouns are the same.) Saying "I" or "we" or "they" or "she" is ungrammatical. Saying "I do" or "they don't" is fine but is not what most English speakers would do.

In prescriptive grammar, this is frowned upon. Hence, for instance, you can find scorepads for card games labeled "we" and "they." In my opinion this style of speech sounds very unnatural. Unless you are writing a formal document, you should aim to talk like the child in the movie, if your goal is to sound more like a native speaker.

Similarly, in response to "Who's there?" "That's me." Or when a stranger calls you on the phone and asks "Is Sarah there?" If you are Sarah, you say "that's me." (Prescriptivists will tell you to say "this is she," but this again sounds extremely formal.)

  • 'scorepads for card games labeled "we" and "they."' Allow me to say, in my finest English, GUH. That's the sort of nonsense up with which I will not put! – Nathan Tuggy Jul 15 '15 at 19:25

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