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    Default what is this pattern?

    i understand what "i admire your punctuality" means as well as its pattern,
    but how about
    "i admire your being punctual" ?
    what is this pattern ? i dont understand why we use "your" here.

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    Default Re: what is this pattern?

    Quote Originally Posted by alan
    i understand what "i admire your punctuality" means as well as its pattern,
    but how about
    "i admire your being punctual" ?
    what is this pattern ? i dont understand why we use "your" here.
    In English, a possessive adjective is used to modify a gerund,as in
    I admire your being punctual.
    She complained about our being late.
    BUT
    In informal English, the object form of a pronoun is frequently used, as in
    She complained about us being late.

    Similarly, a possessive noun is used to modify a gerund, as in
    She complained about Mary's being late.
    BUT
    In informal English, the possessive form is often not used.
    She complained about Mary being late.

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    how explicit your explanation is !
    THANK you soooo much ~~

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    Quote Originally Posted by alan
    how explicit your explanation is !
    THANK you soooo much ~~
    You're sooooooo welcome. :wink:

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