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    #1

    Thanks for "your" coming.

    1. Thanks for coming.
    2. Thanks for your coming.
    Which of the above sentences is acceptable?

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    Re: Thanks for "your" coming.

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    Re: Thanks for "your" coming.

    I've heard people say things like "You can't touch an Englishman without his wanting to".

    Why can't people say "Thanks for your coming"?

    Is it because it's not complete?

    Then how about this one: Thanks for your coming to my apartment.

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    Re: Thanks for "your" coming.

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    I am puzzled by your opinion on the matter. I have heard so many times things like

    1) Do you mind my coming!
    2) Have you heard of his coming?

    Could you give us some explanation why you find the second one unacceptable?

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    #5

    Re: Thanks for "your" coming.

    I don't think the phrase is gramatically incorrect, but it may be just uncommon. Indeed, would you thank a person for somebody else's coming? I guess 'your' is not uttered as it is implied by the person you are talking to.
    I may be wrong, though.

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    #6

    Re: Thanks for "your" coming.

    I think that it's not a real problem. We can say - Thank you for your answer.

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    Re: Thanks for "your" coming.

    Well, 'answer' is a noun, and it requires a determiner. You can also say "Thank you for the answer". However, you cannot say "Thank you for the coming", because "coming" is a gerund. And I'm inclined to believe that using 'your' would be redundant.

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    #8

    Re: Thanks for "your" coming.

    Why do you bring "the" up? We were talking about "your coming" - possessive pronoun + gerund.

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    #9

    Re: Thanks for "your" coming.

    Kotfor, I've already explained it.

    Thank you for coming.
    Thank you for helping me.
    "Your" is not needed here because it is implied. You are unlikely to say "thank you for Peter's coming", "thank you for Mike's helping me". We thank the person who has come/helped.

    Thank you for your answer.
    Thank you for your help.
    "Your" here serves as a possessive determiner preceding a noun.

    I don't mind coming.
    I don't mind your coming.
    A personal pronoun makes a difference in sentences like these.

    That's how I would explain the whole thing to myself. I am neither a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    Re: Thanks for "your" coming.

    I am not a teacher.

    In "thanks for coming", "coming" is not a gerund. In "Thanks for coming to my party", "coming" is a participle heading a phrase. If you shorten that to "thanks for coming", "coming" doesn't turn into a gerund, it remains a participle.

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