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    Default The committee members resented

    Which sentence is correct?

    1. The committee members resented the president that he did not tell them about the meeting.
    2. The committee members resented the president's not informing them of the meeting.

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    Default Re: The committee members resented

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    Which sentence is correct?

    1. The committee members resented the president that he did not tell them about the meeting.
    2. The committee members resented the president's not informing them of the meeting.

    Thanks!
    The first one is incorrect.

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    Default Re: The committee members resented

    Or you could use resented the fact that the president....

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    Default Re: The committee members resented

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Or you could use resented the fact that the president....
    Even then "had not told them" would be better.

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    Default Re: The committee members resented

    Or "The committee members resented the president for not telling them about the meeting".
    Or "The committee members resented the president for not having told them about the meeting".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: The committee members resented

    1. What about this one: " ... that the president had failed informing themselves that there was going to be a meeting. "

    2. Would you please tell me why we used possessive here? ( .... the president's not informing them ..... .)

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    Default Re: The committee members resented

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    1. What about this one: " ... that the president had failed informing themselves that there was going to be a meeting. "
    No

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    Default Re: The committee members resented

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Even then "had not told them" would be better.
    Good point

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    Default Re: The committee members resented

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post

    2. Would you please tell me why we used possessive here? ( .... the president's not informing them ..... .)
    It's the "not informing" that's the problem. That's a noun phrase, and (for lack of a better way to explain this) the president "owns" that action (or non-action).

    It's the same reason we say "I appreciate your coming on such short notice" instead of "I appreciate you coming on such short notice." It's the "coming" that is appreciated, a noun, so the pronoun is the possessive form. However, most people either are unaware of this "rule" or choose to ignore it. You'll hear the non-genitive used all the time.
    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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