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    Default Dear Tdol

    Quote Originally Posted by I
    a. I appreciate your taking the time to talk with me.
    b. I appreciate you taking the time to talk with me.

    Could you tell me which is gerund and which is participle??
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    They're both gerunds- the difference between 'your' and 'you'is simply a question of formal\informal style in BE.
    So you mean
    Michael and David disagree about Michael's puttting up his posters--->gerund [formal]
    Michael and David disagree about Michael puttting up his posters---->gerund [informal]
    right??

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    Michael's = formal.

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    BTW- it's easire if you reply to the thread where we have answered, so we can look back at earlier posts, otherwise we end up jumping around.

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    Dear Tdol, do you mean
    Michael and David disagree about Michael puttting up his posters---->gerund [informal]

    ???
    please clear this to me, I'm still confused.

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    Yes,it's a gerund- it means 'the act of putting up the posters', not an adjective describing Michael, or a present participle denoting what he is doing at the moment.
    Does this help?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wendy
    Dear Tdol, do you mean
    Michael and David disagree about Michael puttting up his posters---->gerund [informal]

    ???
    please clear this to me, I'm still confused.
    I can understand your confusion, and we are adding to it. TDOL and I eveidently disagree aboput the classification of the vrebal when not preceded by a possessive. IMO, it is a participle; TDOL calls it a gerund. I guess you'll have to pick one opinion and stick with that. :?

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    It depends whether you want to speak American English or proper English.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    It depends whether you want to speak American English or proper English.
    False choice, there. :wink:

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