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    Are these sentences with or without "your" have different meaning?

    Please read all of it before answering. I would very much like the advice of a teacher. Thanks!

    Is there a difference between these two sentences?

    1) I will surely not mind your taking your time to find out answers.

    2) I will surely not mind your taking time to find out answers.

    Is "your" superfluous in sentence 1?

    Am I right in explaining these two sentences like this?

    1) Take as much time as you think it necessary to find out answers and is practically possible.

    2) Take as much time as you like (unlimited time). Does it mean that the person addressed can go on without being morally bound to answer as soon as he/she find answers.


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    Re: Are these sentences with or without "your" have different meaning?

    Did I ask stupid questions?
    Please be kind enough to reply even if they are stupid.
    I know I haven't put forward any complex paradoxes, or any paradoxes at all for that matter but I would like to know opinion of a teacher on these simple sentences.
    Thanks a lot!


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    Re: Are these sentences with or without "your" have different meaning?

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    Re: Are these sentences with or without "your" have different meaning?

    Quote Originally Posted by theeexcellence View Post
    Please read all of it before answering. I would very much like the advice of a teacher. Thanks!

    Is there a difference between these two sentences?

    1) I will surely not mind your taking your time to find out answers.

    2) I will surely not mind your taking time to find out answers.

    Is "your" superfluous in sentence 1?

    Yes, it is rather but is not wrong.


    Am I right in explaining these two sentences like this?

    1) Take as much time as you think it necessary to find out answers and is practically possible.

    2) Take as much time as you like (unlimited time). Does it mean that the person addressed can go on without being morally bound to answer as soon as he/she find answers.

    Take as much time as you think it is necessary and practical to find out answers and is practically possible.

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    Re: Are these sentences with or without "your" have different meaning?

    I also thought that it was not wrong.

    As far as your correction of my other sentence is concerned I leave it to someone else to judge it.

    Thanks!

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    Re: Are these sentences with or without "your" have different meaning?

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    Take as much time as you think it (is) necessary to find out the answer(s). and is practically possible.

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    See above.

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    Re: Are these sentences with or without "your" have different meaning?

    There's not a great deal of difference between the two, but the first allows the person to be mnore relaxed about how long they spend doing it.

    PS I'd use: Take as much time as you think necessary

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