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Is there a difference in meaning between theses two?—I assume that there is. What is the difference? When should one structure be used and not the other?

For example:

"Я и мой друг встретились перед обедом."

"мы с моим другом встретились перед обедом."

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  • You can also say: "Я с моим другом встретился .." – Jacob Seleznev Aug 17 '15 at 4:24
  • But that means "I met him", and not "He and I met" /\ "me and him met". Does "я и мой друг встретились" means something like the ungrammatical "me and my friend did x"? In english one can say this but it's not correct. – VCH250 Aug 17 '15 at 5:04
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Both forms are correct. Yet "Я и мой друг" seems to have a little accent on the previous separation, while "Мы с моим другом" sounds just neutral. You may think it as being somewhat close (at least in the specific context) to simple past vs present perfect tense in English.

Мы с моим другом встретились --> We met

Я и мой друг встретились --> We have met

UPD. As an example of usage. После долгих лет разлуки я и мой друг наконец-то встретились. That's mostly stylistical difference "we" vs "me and him".

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  • @ user4419802 Could you give me a few examples of where one form would be preferred? Thanks. – VCH250 Aug 17 '15 at 19:20
  • Agree that both forms are correct. The last two sentences are nonsense. -1 – Jacob Seleznev Aug 18 '15 at 3:36
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Both are grammatically correct. Both "Я и мой друг" and "Мы с моим другом" mean same thing. Try to give us a context where these two are not the same in your opinion.

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The difference is pure logical.

Let us
We = my sister and I
Then

"Я и мой друг встретились перед обедом."       is incorrect for this situation

"Мы с моим другом встретились перед обедом."      OK

"Мы с моими друзьями встретились перед обедом."   OK

Let us
We = my friend and I
Then

"Я и мой друг встретились перед обедом."          OK
 \___мы_____/

"Мы с моим другом встретились перед обедом."      OK
    \___________/
         |
          limiting attribute

"Мы с моими друзьями встретились перед обедом."   incorrect
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  • Please explain: "Я и мой друг встретились перед обедом." is incorrect for this situation – Jacob Seleznev Aug 18 '15 at 5:29
  • @JacobSeleznev , The meaning of "я и мой друг" shall be solely the meaning of "tête-a-tête". After "мы с мои другом ...", if it were happening at trial, for example, it is nearly certain that will be followed by a question: Вы(ед.ч) были один? "You were alone with him?" – Avtokod Aug 18 '15 at 8:46
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The most common is:

Перед обедом я встретился с другом.

Also:

Мы с другом встретились перед обедом.

The word "моим" is unnecessary here.

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