English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I can say "Bob and I are going" instead of "I'm going and Bob is going." I want to say something like "This is a waste of my time and Bob's time," but only saying "time" once. I can't say "our" because I'm introducing the other person's name in this sentence. The best I can think of is "This is a waste of me and Bob's time," but that seems incorrect.

share|improve this question
up vote 5 down vote accepted

Something like

Bob's and my time

or (less common)

Bob's time and mine?

share|improve this answer
+1 for "Bob's time and mine". – ShreevatsaR Oct 14 '10 at 15:39
"Bob's time and mine" = "My time and Bob's"? – b.roth Oct 14 '10 at 15:51
#Bruno - I think that depends on the emphasis in speaking. I would tend to think that the emphasis would be on mine in Bob's time and mine. – malach Oct 14 '10 at 15:55

This is a waste of my time and Bob's

share|improve this answer

How about "This is a waste of my and Bob's time"?

share|improve this answer
i was thinking of that but it sounds a bit awkward.. – Claudiu Oct 14 '10 at 14:44

This is a waste of time, both for Bob and myself

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.