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    What part of speech is..?

    Hello teachers!

    a] Is this sentence correct ?
    b] What part of speech is "having" in the following sentence?


    "The transport strike meant their having to walk to work."

    Thank you very much in advance.

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    "The transport strike meant (their having to walk to work)."


    the part in the parentheses is an object.and i think HAVING is geround here.

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    Re: What part of speech is..?

    Quote Originally Posted by matilda View Post
    "The transport strike meant (their having to walk to work)."
    the part in the parentheses is an object.and i think HAVING is geround here.

    Hi Matilda

    Thank you for your answer.
    I think that "having" is a gerund : noun. "Having" is the direct object of the transitive verb "meant."
    I also think that "their" is a personal pronoun in the genitive case ; it has the syntactic function of indirect object, though I am not so sure.


    Regards,

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