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    Can I say "Do you mind my staying here:"
    Is there such word as "staying", as a noun:

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    Yes.

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    Hi and welcome to Using English.

    The -ing form of the verb, when used this way, is a gerund. It acts like a noun, and takes the possessive (although most people don't do this -- they say things like "me staying her" or "him coming").

    His coming here was a surprise.
    I hope my staying here isn't an inconvenience.
    Your phoning him at 10 pm was not appreciated!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Thanks.
    I thought I should use "... my stay here".
    But that's another option.

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    That's not an option here. Use "staying."
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    Ok!!!!!
    Thanks...

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