English translation: my = possessive form (either subject or object) – me = object form only – I = subject form only
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English term or phrase:
my - me - I
my = possessive form (either subject or object) – me = object form only – I = subject form only
Explanation: The difficulty here is caused by the objective pronoun "me" and not the possessive pronoun "my". "my brother", "my cat", "my ice cream" can all be either the subject or object of a sentence. "me" can only be an object.
The words "I", "my", and "me" are all used CORRECTLY in the following six sentences:
My brother and I are good swimmers.
My cat and I are sitting on the sofa.
My ice cream and I are shown in this photo.
John is taking a photo of my brother and me.
John is taking a photo of my cat and me.
John is taking a photo of my ice cream and me.
The words "I" and "me" are used INCORRECTLY in the following six sentences, but the use of "my" is grammatically CORRECT in all twelve sentences shown in this answer:
Explanation: In a photograph situation, then yes, it would be ok to say "This is a picture of me and my cat", or simply as a caption "Me and my cat". But strictly speaking, correct English requires that you write "My cat and I" or "My brother and I" IF the phrase is followed by a verb...i.e. "My brother and I are on the beach", or "My cat and I are going to the vet". That said, "me and my brother" is used far more in common English than "My brother and I" - although it isn't exactly "Queen's English". HTH.
Native speaker of UK English.
Roddy Tannahill United Kingdom Local time: 09:46 Native speaker of: English