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    Default We are taught no to put up with others/others' criticizing us unfairly.

    1. We are taught not to put up with others criticizing us unfairly.

    2. We are taught not to put up with others' criticizing us unfairly.


    Which one is correct?
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    Default Re: We are taught no to put up with others/others' criticizing us unfairly.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    Neither one is correct. You should use "not" instead of "no".

    Ooops typos. I rewrote them.

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    Default Re: We are taught no to put up with others/others' criticizing us unfairly.

    Both are acceptable.

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    Default Re: We are taught no to put up with others/others' criticizing us unfairly.

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    1. We are taught not to put up with others criticizing us unfairly.

    2. We are taught not to put up with others' criticizing us unfairly.


    Which one is correct?
    Purists will insist on #2, but most speakers nowadays would happily accept #1, at least for informal purposes.

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    Default Re: We are taught no to put up with others/others' criticizing us unfairly.

    Quote Originally Posted by philo2009 View Post
    Purists will insist on #2, but most speakers nowadays would happily accept #1, at least for informal purposes.
    I don't agree that purists insist on #2. Jespersen, Fowler and Burchfield are among those who have argued for the acceptability of the non -possessive form. In the third edition (1996) of Fowler's Modern English Usage, Burchfield says (p 610), "The possessive with gerund is on the retreat, but its use with proper names and personal nouns and pronouns [my emphasis - 5] persists in good writing.

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    Default Re: We are taught no to put up with others/others' criticizing us unfairly.

    This is one that would benefit from a rewrite: ... not to put up with unfair criticism from others.
    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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