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    Which is correct...

    Hi, i'm having an issue trying to find a website that will tell me if my sentence is accurate or not.

    The sentence in question is "The boy & I in Cardiff"
    My friend has pulled me up on this claiming that "The boy & me in Cardiff" is the correct way of writing this.
    I'm now totally unsure & it's really beginning to bug me.

    Can you please tell me which one is correct & also why. Just so i can either learn from my own stupid mistake or put him straight.

    Thanks.

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    Re: Which is correct...

    Hello little_deviant

    The example you've given us is a phrase, not a sentence. What's the sentence or context it's in?

    Here's how it would appear in a sentence:

    Before the verb: The boy and I are in Cardiff.
    After the verb: This is a picture of us, the boy and me, in Cardiff.


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    Once again my use of the english language fails.

    It's used as a title for my online photo album & is just written as...... "The boy and I in Cardiff"

    Think maybe i should go back to college & learn how to write & speak my own language. :(

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    Re: Which is correct...

    Quote Originally Posted by little_deviant View Post
    Hi, i'm having an issue trying to find a website that will tell me if my sentence is accurate or not.

    The sentence in question is "The boy & I in Cardiff"
    My friend has pulled me up on this claiming that "The boy & me in Cardiff" is the correct way of writing this.
    I'm now totally unsure & it's really beginning to bug me.

    Can you please tell me which one is correct & also why. Just so i can either learn from my own stupid mistake or put him straight.

    Thanks.
    Hi little_deviant,

    The Short Answer: Your "sentence in question" is not a sentence, but a phrase.

    (For advice on the topic of complete English sentences, please search through this list of links returned from a basic Google search.)

    The Longer Answer: For the practical purposes of your question, suffice to say here that "traditional" English grammarians consider a complete sentence as having at least: (1) a subject; and (2) a predicate.

    "The boy & I in Cardiff" lacks a predicate, and the predicate of a every sentence must contain a verb. (A verb, of course, is a part of speech that expresses action.) To explore the possibilities for suitable verbs here, ask some questions that get at potential actions: What about "The boy & I in Cardiff?" (Let's lose the ampersand, which is acceptable in laundry and shopping lists but not in most written English.)

    - present tense: What are the boy and you doing in Cardiff? - or past tense: What were the boy and you doing in Cardiff? - or future: What will the boy and you be doing in Cardiff? or: How will the boy and you be received in Cardiff?

    Get the picture?

    Was there any money riding on this?


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    Re: Which is correct...

    No there wasn't but thanks, i now feel totally stupid.
    I wasn't concerned about whether it was a sentence or not, just whether i could actually write it like i had or if this guy was right.
    Either way i've now given up, removed the title and left it blank.

    Apparently no one can give me simple "yes you can, this is why" or "no you can't, this is why"
    I didn't need all the rambling about my so-called sentence not being a sentence. In future i shall consult a book of how to write in english before i ask a question ever again.

    Thanks for the opinions, but i still don't have a clear answer.


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    Oh, for the record, we went there for a weekend break.

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    Re: Which is correct...

    Quote Originally Posted by little_deviant View Post
    Apparently no one can give me simple "yes you can, this is why" or "no you can't, this is why"
    Thanks for giving us the context.

    It's fine. Use it. It's short for,

    Ex: The boy and I [are weekending] in Cardiff.

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    Re: Which is correct...

    Quote Originally Posted by little_deviant View Post
    No there wasn't but thanks, i now feel totally stupid.
    I wasn't concerned about whether it was a sentence or not, just whether i could actually write it like i had or if this guy was right.
    Either way i've now given up, removed the title and left it blank.

    Apparently no one can give me simple "yes you can, this is why" or "no you can't, this is why"
    I didn't need all the rambling about my so-called sentence not being a sentence. In future i shall consult a book of how to write in english before i ask a question ever again.

    Thanks for the opinions, but i still don't have a clear answer.
    Hi little_deviant,

    Sorry about the mix-up. I'm sure that you'll find many here at this site willing to help you, so to avoid the same kind of mix-up in the future, you may want to consider how you phrase your questions.

    Please review your original question:
    Quote Originally Posted by little_deviant
    Hi, i'm having an issue trying to find a website that will tell me if my sentence is accurate or not.

    The sentence in question is "The boy & I in Cardiff"
    Paying careful attention to your use of terminology will help those who wish to help you here.

    Well, the answer to your question -- as you've phrased it here -- is just what I've already provided for you above.

    Now, if your question is --
    In the following phrase, which is correct: "The boy and I in Cardiff" or "The boy and me in Cardiff."?
    -- that's an entirely different question. Isn't it?


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    Re: Which is correct...

    Apparently so, but i think we've established that my use of the English language isn't very good, despite being English. Definitely think i'm going to go back to college & do an in-depth course.

    Thanks for the clarity.


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    Re: Which is correct...

    When you know for yourself what is 'proper' and what is grammatically incorrect but pleasantly colloquial, language becomes a plaything.

    I'm presuming this is a caption to a photo. I'd simply make it informal fun:

    ......................the boy and me in Cardiff

    This is also grammatically correct, for the reason that Soup has shown:

    After the verb: This is a picture of us, the boy and me, in Cardiff.
    The '....' preceding the rest of the wording indicates that words are omitted, in this instance, "This is a picture of us,"

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