Hi, could someone help me out with identifying why this is right:
for example, a sentence like: "my posting in these forums is a new thing"
instead of: "me posting in these forums is a new thing"
I know it's supposed to be "my posting", not "me posting", but what's the justification of using the possessive form or how would I explain this to a native speaker to whom it "sounds right" to say "me posting"?
my (adjective) posting (noun: gerund)
me (object pronoun) posting (present participle)
Gerunds preceded by a genitive
In traditional English grammar, a noun or pronoun preceding a gerund must be genitive (possessive).
Ex: We enjoyed their singing.
Ex: We enjoyed them singing.
It is increasingly common to see the objective used in place of the possessive:
Ex: I do not see it making any difference.
Ex: I do not see its making any difference.
Source Gerund - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A gerund can be used in combination with either an object or a genitive (possessive). The latter is considered more formal, and the only option when an adjective precedes the gerund, but is more common when the second verb applies to a person rather than an object.
Source Gerund - Verb patterns with the gerund
- We enjoyed them (object pronoun) / their (genitive) singing.
- I greatly appreciate you / your doing this for me.
- I greatly appreciate your kind doing this for me. (an object pronoun is not possible here)