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    Michael and David disagree about Michael puttting up his posters
    Michael and David disagree about Michael's puttting up his posters


    So this two sentences have same meaning "Michael and David disagree about the putting up of posters by Micheal" right???

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    Quote Originally Posted by vendy
    Michael and David disagree about Michael puttting up his posters
    Michael and David disagree about Michael's puttting up his posters


    So this two sentences have same meaning "Michael and David disagree about the putting up of posters by Micheal" right???
    The structure is ...disagree about this. 'this' represents a nominal. In our examples, those nominals are

    1) Michael putting up his posters, and
    2) Michael's putting up his posters

    Noun+Adjective
    In 1), 'Michael' functions as a noun. 'Michael' is modified by 'putting up his posters.

    Possessive noun + Object
    In 2), 'Michael's' functions as a possessive noun. 'Michael's' modifes 'putting up his posters.

    Both 1) and 2) mean, ...disagree about his putting up his posters. :D

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