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I saw this sentence in a dictionary:
I take back what I said about you being selfish.
I know what it means, but I'm confused of the construction "about you being selfish". Is it grammatically correct? If it is, how do you call it in grammar? Can you show me some explanation or search keywords?
Thanks in advance.^_^
Last edited by tzfujimino; 21-May-2008 at 11:52.
I can understand "about your being selfish", but not "about you being selfish". In the former phrase, 'your being selfish' is the object of 'about'; but in the latter one, it seems there are two objects , 'you' and 'being selfish', of one preposition (about). It seems odd to me. Is this grammatically correct?
I'll give you some information from a grammar book. (Practical English Usage - Michael Swan, Oxford University Press, 1995) It says:
In an informal style it is more common to use object forms instead of possessives with -ing forms, especially when these come after a verb or preposition.
I don't mind you going without me. (instead of saying "...mind your going..."
She was angry at Lina trying to lie to her. (instead of saying "...at Lina's trying..."
I hope it will be a great help to you.