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  1. Newbie
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    #1

    Wink without you/without your

    I have always thought "without you" is the correct form until I read the following sentence fragment in Scott Fitzgerald's essay. Now I'm confused.

    "...things happen without your knowing it." <- original form in Scott's essay
    "...things happen without you knowing it." <- proposed corrected sentence

    Which is correct? "without your" or "without you" or both?
    Was Scott drunk while writing this?

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    #2

    Re: without you/without your

    When F. Scott wrote it, "without your" was the only correct form.

    Nowadays I feel that "without you" sounds more fresh and modern in AmE, but both are still correct.

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    #3

    Re: without you/without your

    not a teacher

    I prefer your knowing to you knowing, from a writer's standpoint, it just feels better.
    Without the voice, narrator or otherwise, of the preceding text present, it's hard to make a call on this sentence.

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