Three people (including myself) are going to eat kebab. Which of the following is the correct one?

  • We are going to eat kebab with James and Bill.

  • I am going to eat kebab with James and Bill.

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  • Are James and Bill part of the three people, or in addition to the three people? – choster Mar 17 '15 at 18:03
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    And are you the Queen? – Edwin Ashworth Mar 17 '15 at 18:04
  • There are three people in total. – Mika Mar 17 '15 at 21:09

If you and James and Bill are the three, and you are not the Queen (see @EdwinAshworth's comment), then you are singular. Therefore you say "We are going to eat kebab," or "I am going to eat kebab with James and Bill." If you are a non-native speaker, you might want to look at posting in another forum.


Taken out of context,either might be right - or wrong. If there are five people in the eventual party, then "we" three are going to join the other two. But if "I" am going to join James and Bill, how could I validly use "we"?


The answer is

We are going to eat kebab with James and Bill.

  • They are three including the asker. – wys1wyg Mar 17 '15 at 18:18
  • What's the reasoning behind selecting this as the answer? – Hellion Mar 17 '15 at 18:44
  • This wording implies that there are at least four people going: James, Bill, the speaker, and at least one other person (maybe more) that the speakers is already with. This is not what the OP had in mind. – Mitch Mar 17 '15 at 18:49
  • what are you saying? – Blueflower Mar 17 '15 at 18:59
  • Three people, not more. – Mika Mar 17 '15 at 21:08

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