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I/me, he/him, she/her (Pronoun Case)

If you don't know whether it should be "she and I" or "her and me," one simple way to determine the answer is to take each item separately, mentally "crossing out" the other item. For instance, suppose the sentence is this:

• They were looking for she/her and I/me.

Would you write "They were looking for she" or "They were looking for her"?
Would you write "They were looking for I" or "They were looking for me"?
The answers to those questions tell you that it should be

• They were looking for her and me.

On the other hand, supposed this is the sentence:

• She/Her and I/me must present our report to the class tomorrow.

Would you write "She must present a report" or "Her must present a report"?
Would you write "I must present a report" or "Me must present a report"?
The answers to those questions tell you that it should be

• She and I must present our report to the class tomorrow.

You can use this method - considering each noun or pronoun separately - to determine the correct response for any I/me, she/her, he/him, or they/them question.