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    Hello,

    I'm new here. I'm a little confused. Can I just ask a question? Here it goes:

    Is it possible to use the following sentence structure?

    "I appreciate your calling"

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    "I insisted on his going"

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiagojonas View Post
    Hello,

    I'm new here. I'm a little confused. Can I just ask a question? Here it goes:

    Is it possible to use the following sentence structure?

    "I appreciate your calling"

    or

    "I insisted on his going"

    Thanks

    Tiago
    Yes, that is a common construction "possessive + gerund". It is also possible to convey the same meaning with "objective pronoun + participle", but the other form is preferred by many, at least in formal writing.

    I appreciate your calling.
    I appreciate you calling.

    I insisted on his going.
    I insisted on him going.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiagojonas View Post
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