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I often see a lot of people on the internet using such constructions:

Me seeing real couples.

It's incorrect grammar but I don't know why they use it so much. What exactly does it mean? Can someone explain this? (I have been learning English for 2 months.)

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  • It's not grammatically valid.
    – Sam
    Commented Sep 13, 2023 at 11:10
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    This question should be on ELL and not here. That said, please look up: gerunds. That said, your phrase is like a title as it does not contain a predicate. Me seeing you yesterday was fun.
    – Lambie
    Commented Sep 13, 2023 at 12:46
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    I’m voting to close this question because it belongs on ELL.
    – Lambie
    Commented Sep 13, 2023 at 12:47
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    @Lambie The asker is a learner but this is something a native speaker might well ask also.
    – alphabet
    Commented Sep 13, 2023 at 14:53
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    It's an ACC-ing structure, most often seen in sentences such as 'Can you imagine me seeing a real tiger?' / 'I can't understand him trying to get on the first eleven' but also used as subject ('Him seeing a tiger would be something many would find amusing.' Commented Sep 13, 2023 at 15:59

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In the absence of any further context, this style is often accompanied by an image that reflects how the writer feels in a particular situation. I would interpret "Me seeing real couples" as a shorthand for "This is an image of me seeing real couples". The image chosen by the writer might be of a person (usually not themselves) or animal looking surprised, disgusted, happy or some other emotion but in an exaggerated way.

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Adding to @Leachoid's answer, we often see this kind of style used in memes. In memes, you do have a slight limit in terms of space, so—like in headlines—we delete words that are extraneous or unnecessary.

The full sentence, obviously, would be:

[This is] me seeing real couples.

As with captions, which is what meme-text really is, you don't need the 'this is' part- because the text is already right next to the image that you're describing.

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