Let's say I want to refer to a toy that I had when I was younger. Would it be incorrect to say "young me's toy"?


If you are using the noun phrase young me to describe yourself in the past, then adding an apostrophe and s to form the possessive would be normal.

Young me was quite precocious.
Young me's toys were all red.

Having said that, it's unusual to use young me in the first place. More typically, a variation would be used:

When I was a child, all of my toys were red.

But I can see young me (and the possessive) being used in the context of fiction, for example, if you go back in time and meet yourself. In that situation, you'd have to differentiate between your current self and your young self in some way. It's not unreasonable to think of that wording being the chosen device.

  • It would likely be better to avoid me's and use something like "All the toys of the young me were red." – Hot Licks Mar 18 '19 at 2:29
  • @HotLicks Yes, I too would add the definite article if I was talking about "the young me". "Young me" or "Young me's" as used in the OP seems very awkward even without the possessive s. – BoldBen Mar 18 '19 at 6:53
  • Your toys were a child? – Toothrot Mar 19 '19 at 9:43
  • @Toothrot Oops! Thanks. – Jason Bassford Mar 19 '19 at 10:36

It seems grammatical, although it sounds weird unless it's meant humorously. But I have seen writers use the third-person when referring to themselves with such a construction, like young Manar's toy.

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