She and I are in different cities

She and I are in a different city

Which sentence is correct? I intuitively chose the first one until I saw the lyrics of the song 'Good as Gold'

My heart your heart run a different race

My voice your voice sing a different song

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    Never use song lyrics or newspaper headlines to help you understand English syntax! May 27 '20 at 17:16

They actually have two different meanings.

  • The first one: "She and I are in different cities" means she is in a different city than yours. Just replace She and I with We: "We are in different cities."
  • The second one: "She and I are in a different city." means you are in a different city with her, as opposed to others. Again if we use We: "We are in a different city."
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    Song lyrics tend to follow their own rules rather than grammatical ones. May 27 '20 at 16:03
  • True indeed.That's why I didn't make any comments on the song, since it might have the aforementioned two meanings.
    – tamuno
    May 27 '20 at 16:13

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