“Aardvark and me” or “Aardvark and I”?
How to Write Photo Captions
So what should Monique tell her friend about photo captions? Here’s what I do. I usually avoid using fragments and write a whole sentence so there’s no question about what is implied, and I avoid the that’s-me-that’s-I problem by avoiding sentences that use linking verbs. My photos captions usually read something like “Aardvark and I had a great time at Mardi Gras” or “Can you believe how sunburned Aardvark and I got at Mardi Gras?”
On the rare occasion when I do use a fragment, I use “me”--“Aardvark and me”--because my underlying, implied sentence is “This is a picture of Aardvark and me.” But as I hope you gathered from this article, you can also make an argument for writing “Aardvark and I” because there’s no absolute right answer about which pronoun to use when you’re dealing with a sentence fragment.
There’s one final thing that’s wrong with Monique’s friend’s caption that she didn’t ask about, but that I want to address--pronoun order. When you’re putting yourself in a list with other people, you should always put yourself last. So Monique’s friend should write “Anas and me,” not “me and Anas.”
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