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    Question Can 'my photo' refer to two different meanings?

    Hi, I'm a newbie and would like to ask you a question regarding words for photography.

    If you say 'my photo', I think it can refer to 'a photo that was taken by me' or 'a photo that includes my face in it.', right? Is there any specific way of saying words to distinguish the two? Maybe 'a photo of mine' can refer to specifically the former or the latter? OR still can have two different meanings depending on situations?

    Thank you!

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    Default Re: Can 'my photo' refer to two different meanings?

    Context will determine which meaning is intended.

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    Default Re: Can 'my photo' refer to two different meanings?

    Quote Originally Posted by transmit View Post
    Hi, I'm a newbie and would like to ask you a question regarding words for photography.

    If you say 'my photo', I think it can refer to 'a photo that was taken by me' or 'a photo that includes my face in it.', right? Is there any specific way of saying words to distinguish the two? Maybe 'a photo of mine' can refer to specifically the former or the latter? OR still can have two different meanings depending on situations?

    Thank you!
    Many words and phrases have multiple meanings out of context. Which one of those meanings is being invoked depends on the context.

    That is why teachers and native speakers answering questions in this forum always want to see the context!

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    Default Re: Can 'my photo' refer to two different meanings?

    Thank you for the helpful comments! I was just wondering if there is a specific word to say each situation without a confusion. Thanks so much!

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    Default Re: Can 'my photo' refer to two different meanings?

    Quote Originally Posted by transmit View Post
    Thank you for the helpful comments! I was just wondering if there is a specific word to say each situation without a confusion. Thanks so much!
    If you want to avoid all ambiguity, say "This is a photo of me" or "This is a photo I took".

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    Default Re: Can 'my photo' refer to two different meanings?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    If you want to avoid all ambiguity, say "This is a photo of me" or "This is a photo I took".
    That sounds like the best answer! Thank you!

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    Default Re: Can 'my photo' refer to two different meanings?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    My photo could mean:
    A photo taken by you.
    A photo with you in it.
    A photo that you have or own.

    To distinguish the exact meaning you have to add more -

    This is a photo that I took last week.
    This is a photo of me.
    This is a photo that I bought last week.
    Thank you so much for you help!

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