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    Default identifying a part of speech..

    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"?

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    Default Re: identifying a part of speech..

    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

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    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.
    1. We enjoyed them (object pronoun) / their (genitive) singing.
    2. I greatly appreciate you / your doing this for me.
    3. I greatly appreciate your kind doing this for me. (an object pronoun is not possible here)
    Source Gerund - Verb patterns with the gerund

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