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    iamwkk is offline Junior Member
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    Default ...appreciate You / Your Taking the Time...

    Is it correct to say:

    "I appreciate YOUR taking the time to write to us." ("your taking the time" as gerund)

    or should we say:

    "I appreciate YOU taking the time to write to us."???

    Please help. Many thanks!

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    Default Re: ...appreciate You / Your Taking the Time...

    You'll see both forms used. Formally, 'your' is preferred.

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    Default Re: ...appreciate You / Your Taking the Time...

    I believe tdol is correct, because what is being appreciated is the "taking of the time" - which belongs to you.

    Mike

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    Default Re: ...appreciate You / Your Taking the Time...

    The logic behind the formal use is sound to me- we don't use object pronouns in standard English before nouns, though 'me book' is used is regional variants, so a possessive adjective makes more sense before a gerund. However, the majority of users will use 'me'- from a descriptive perspective, it is hard to take the line that the majority are wrong.

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