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    Default My or me before the Gerund


    I am wondering if one says:

    I am fed up of your not talking.
    Are you fed up of my hanging around?

    OR

    I am fed of you not talking.
    Are you fed up of me hanging around?

    ??

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    Default Re: My or me before the Gerund

    You'll see both used- purists prefer 'my', but the majority use 'me'.

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    Default Re: My or me before the Gerund

    don't we say "fed up with" instead of "fed up of" The latter seemed kind of weird to me??

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    Default Re: My or me before the Gerund

    Yes you are right. I am a native speaker, and I find myself saying things like:
    I am fed up of waiting.
    I am not sure if I should say
    I am fed up with waiting.
    I suspect that both are correct.

    All references from WEBCORB use "with" http://www.webcorp.org.uk

    For example: I am a little fed up with the whole blogging scene

    Thanks for the feedback,

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    Default Re: My or me before the Gerund

    "fed up of" is fine- Google has 1/2 a million examples:
    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q...=Google+Search

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    Default Re: My or me before the Gerund

    1. I'm tired of your talking.
    2. I'm tired of you talking.

    You could say that #1 (possessive + gerund) refers to the act of talking, while #2 (object pronoun + participle) refers to "you-talking".

    The latter seems more personal.

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    Default Re: My or me before the Gerund

    I love this gerund stuff !

    Check out this one :

    He comlained about our having come to class late.

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    Default Re: My or me before the Gerund

    Where you have 'having + past participle', the use of the object pronoun sounds more coloquial to me.

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    Default Re: My or me before the Gerund

    Yes, I'd agree for BrE; though "He complained about our having come to class late" has a slight AmE air about it, to my ears. And I get the impression that "possessive + gerund" is a little more usual for speakers of standard AmE.

    The BrE version would be more like "he complained about us being late for class".

    Could be wrong, though.

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    Default Re: My or me before the Gerund

    I'd agree with you- in BrE, we seem to be moving towards a more casual attitude to language than our AE cousins.

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