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    This is a lap top of me. /Vs./ This is a picture of me.

    1. This is a lap top of mine. (correct)
    2. This is a lap top of me. (wrong)
    3. This is a picture of me. (correct)
    4. This is my picture. (correct)

    Hi,
    #2 and #3 have the same construction (of me). Why is #3 correct when #2 is wrong? They both use "of me" construction. What's the reason?



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    #2

    Re: This is a lap top of me. /Vs./ This is a picture of me.

    Number 3 and 4 don't mean exactly the same thing. Consider the questions these statements answer:

    What is this a picture of? It's a picture of me.
    Whose picture is this? It's my picture.

    We often understand the possessive to mean that you are the subject of a picture, but it can also mean that you own the picture. You can't be the subject of a laptop, so the first understanding isn't possible.

    Note that laptop is one word when it refers to a computer. Lap top means "the top of your lap".
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    Re: This is a lap top of me. /Vs./ This is a picture of me.

    Thank you but I think you misunderstood me. I don't have a problem with #4.

    #2 and #3 have the same construction (of me). Why is #3 correct when #2 is wrong? They both use "of me" construction. What's the reason?

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    Re: This is a lap top of me. /Vs./ This is a picture of me.

    "This is a picture of me" means "This is a picture in which I appear". That's not the same meaning as "of me" in "This is a laptop of me" which is an incorrect wording of "This is my laptop".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: This is a lap top of me. /Vs./ This is a picture of me.

    Oh, now I see now. Thank you.

    a picture of me => this is correct because it means I am in the picture
    a lap top of me => this is wrong because it means I am inside the lap top

    Is may analysis correct?

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    Re: This is a lap top of me. /Vs./ This is a picture of me.

    No one would think that "a laptop of me" meant "I am inside the laptop". If I heard someone say "This is a laptop of me" I would assume they were a non-native speaker and that they meant "This is my laptop". I would simply assume they had made an error.

    The only time (that I can think of) when "of me" means "I am in it" is specifically in the phrase "This is a photo of me".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: This is a lap top of me. /Vs./ This is a picture of me.

    Quote Originally Posted by xiaoen View Post
    Thank you but I think you misunderstood me. I don't have a problem with #4.

    #2 and #3 have the same construction (of me). Why is #3 correct when #2 is wrong? They both use "of me" construction. What's the reason?
    Please re-read my post #2. I used your sentence #4 to illustrate why #2 doesn't work.
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    Re: This is a lap top of me. /Vs./ This is a picture of me.

    Quote Originally Posted by xiaoen View Post
    a picture of me => this is correct because it means I am in the picture
    a laptop lap top of me => this is wrong because it means I am inside the laptop. lap top

    Is ​my may analysis correct?
    "Of" means "including" in This is a picture of me. It would mean "belonging to" in ​This is a laptop of me, but we don't use that construction.

    "Laptop" is one word when it's a noun. Lap top means "on the top of the lap".
    Last edited by GoesStation; 21-Nov-2016 at 22:10. Reason: To try to explain why the "belonging to" meaning doesn't apply.
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    Re: This is a lap top of me. /Vs./ This is a picture of me.

    Thank you.

    What's the difference between these two:

    1. a picture of myself.
    2. a picture of me.

    Do they have the same meaning?

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    Re: This is a lap top of me. /Vs./ This is a picture of me.

    The first is grammatically incorrect so it doesn't mean anything.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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