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

1. ## 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?

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".

3. ## 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?

4. ## 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".

5. ## 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?

6. ## 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".

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

Originally Posted by xiaoen
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?

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

Originally Posted by xiaoen
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".

9. ## 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?

10. ## 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.

Page 1 of 2 1 2

#### Posting Permissions

• You may not post new threads
• You may not post replies
• You may not post attachments
• You may not edit your posts
•