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Bob and I are working on a project. I want to refer to "Bob's work" and "my work" collectively, without referring to Bob and myself collectively. (This will be the first reference to Bob and myself in my writing.)

How do I do this, without resorting to the ungainly "Bob's and my work"?

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You could transpose the words to "...work done by Bob and me" or "...work Bob and I did."

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  • Shouldn't that be "done by Bob and I"? Mar 4, 2011 at 15:14
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    @Craig Walker: No, "Done by Bob and me" is correct. Nouns in most prepositional phrases are presented in the accusative case. Consider how strange it sounds when you leave 'Bob' out of the sentence and use the nominative case: "Done by I."
    – oosterwal
    Mar 4, 2011 at 16:06
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I would rewrite the sentence to avoid this clumsy construction and use the humble pronoun our.

Something like this would read well:

Bob and I are working on a project; our work was a spectacular example of eloquence.

Or:

The Annual Report Writing Team was composed of Bob and myself; the team's work was exemplary.

Sure, there's a way to do it without pronouns, but it'd be clumsy and would simply call attention to the language rather than the message.

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You can use

  1. Bob and I did it.
  2. Bob and I have done it.
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  • But I'm looking to refer to the work (noun) itself, not the action that we did. Mar 4, 2011 at 15:14

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