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    pharasal verb

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    Notes: gerund or present participle? | Grammaring

    Please keep on your reading the sentence.
    Please keep on you reading the sentence.

    Can we use 'you' instead of 'your' in this sentence? Do they have the same meaning?

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    Re: pharasal verb

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    Notes: gerund or present participle? | Grammaring

    Please keep on your reading the sentence.
    Please keep on you reading the sentence.

    Can we use 'you' instead of 'your' in this sentence? Do they have the same meaning?
    Neither.
    If you want to use "keep on" to mean continue, then the activity follows immediately thereafter.
    Please keep on reading.
    Please keep on doing what you were doing.

    I don't often use it in the present.

    They just kept on talking.
    She just kept on going.
    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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    Re: pharasal verb

    He insisted on my tidying my room.
    He insisted on me tidying my room.

    The site says that they have the same meaning. And I would like to ask that we can use this style with pharasal verbs too?
    Last edited by aysaa; 27-Apr-2012 at 15:19.

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    Re: pharasal verb

    Your last example is not about phrasal verbs.

    The word "tidying" is a gerund.

    A strict grammarian would tell you that it should be "my tidying" and that's how I would write and usually how I would say it. However, many people do use "me tidying" with the exact same intended meaning.

    (This is where someone like The Parser will jump in an explain the difference between "He didn't like the idea of my marrying his daughter" and "He didn't like the idea of me marrying his daughter" but the truth is, most people don't know that it's "supposed" to be "my" and just make an error (according to strict grammar) by saying "me.")

    A phrasal verb doesn't change this.
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