Let's say I am labeling a picture of me, my wife and my stepson, but the picture is of an occasion before we got married. Is it misleading to label the picture: "me, my wife and my stepson" which is true now, but was not true at the time the picture was taken? Edit: Let's say in the context of a picture album that subsequently included our wedding pictures?

  • I have a picture of my mother when she attended school in the early 1930s, Mussolini era, I wasn't born but when I show the photo to friends I tell them "That's my mum when she was a girl" Likewise you could say "That's Jack, my stepson when he was 15 years old" or "two years ago." – Mari-Lou A Oct 19 '18 at 18:59

You can label the picture (photo)

Me, my future wife, and her son

which makes it clear when it was made (taken), requiring no explanation.

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  • So would you say it could potentially be somewhat misleading or cause confusion it the label simply said Me, my wife and my stepson? Let's say in the context of a picture album that subsequently included our wedding pictures? – programmerravi Oct 19 '18 at 17:31
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    As in the question, it would be misleading because it wasn't true, and requires explanation. But my suggestion tells the full story, making it clear he is her son, and implying that she is now your wife and he is your step-son. – Weather Vane Oct 19 '18 at 17:35
  • In the context of a larger album it might be better just to use their names, especially if pictures of the wedding are included. The change in relationship would be self-evident if it's arranged chronologically. – Alan T. Oct 19 '18 at 17:38
  • Well, the reader of my album will be a government officer who only knows "petitioner" and "beneficiary" or "petitioner's wife" and "beneficiary's son" and "petitioner's step-son" and is unlikely to know or care about names. – programmerravi Oct 19 '18 at 17:43

It's not quite wrong to label it that way, but it might be best to add a clarification:

me, my wife and my stepson, before the marriage

Another option is to say:

me and my now wife and stepson

(with the extra "and" added so the one "now" applies to both wife and stepson). See the Wiktionary entry, particularly the 1908 example under "quotations" for adjective meaning 1.

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