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I had a debate with my friend about this topic because he had a photo captioned:

Seth and I playing lion king

and I said it should be

Seth and me playing lion king

Which is correct?

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marked as duplicate by Jim, Kris, Carlo_R., Barrie England, tchrist Apr 6 '13 at 14:01

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Both are used when it is the subject of a sentence; conventional grammar demands "Seth and I". Although your phrase is not a sentence, an ellipsis where this is the subject of the sentence seems the most reasonable. –  Cerberus Apr 6 '13 at 4:39
    
I know it's a similar question but I need an answer for this specific example. –  Lachie Robinson Apr 6 '13 at 4:40
    
Definite nTuplicate. –  Kris Apr 6 '13 at 6:10
    
I have voted to close, but I'll just say that you can use whichever you like. I would write 'Seth and me', because it's less formal. –  Barrie England Apr 6 '13 at 7:49
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@tchrist: We are clearly talking about different things. English is nothing like French. Read a few style books. –  Cerberus Apr 6 '13 at 16:00

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You can't really insist on one or the other being correct, because you are not working with a complete sentence. I think the best you can do is to recognize that the majority of English speakers would use "Seth and me."

Even if you add the implied initial phrase that would make it an entire sentence ("This is"), you still wind up with some debate. "This is I" is formally correct (i.e "This is Seth and I playing lion king"), but the vast majority of English speakers consider it pompous and awkward, and still would use "me."

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Your first sentence is best; it depends what you consider the implied words are. 'This is a picture of Seth and I' would be actually wrong ( a classic hypercorrection). –  TimLymington Apr 6 '13 at 11:11
    
@TimLymington Exactly. If you consider it that way, "Seth and [somebody]" become indirect objects, and "me" becomes correct. –  John M. Landsberg Apr 6 '13 at 16:14

It has to be “Seth and me playing lion king” as the title of a photo. Imagine it without Seth there at all: you would always, only, and ever label that photo “Me”, never “I”. Since the case of a pronoun never changes when you add in somebody else with an and, we arrive at “Seth and me playing lion king” as the only right answer.

We just had a question about this, but see also this answer for more about English using the object case not the subject case by default.

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