Page 1 of 2 1 2 Last
Results 1 to 10 of 13

    • Join Date: Nov 2005
    • Posts: 5
    #1

    My or me before the Gerund


    I am wondering if one says:

    I am fed up of your not talking.
    Are you fed up of my hanging around?

    OR

    I am fed of you not talking.
    Are you fed up of me hanging around?

    ??

    Dedalus

  1. Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Laos

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 60,190
    #2

    Re: My or me before the Gerund

    You'll see both used- purists prefer 'my', but the majority use 'me'.


    • Join Date: Sep 2005
    • Posts: 16
    #3

    Re: My or me before the Gerund

    don't we say "fed up with" instead of "fed up of" The latter seemed kind of weird to me??


    • Join Date: Nov 2005
    • Posts: 5
    #4

    Re: My or me before the Gerund

    Yes you are right. I am a native speaker, and I find myself saying things like:
    I am fed up of waiting.
    I am not sure if I should say
    I am fed up with waiting.
    I suspect that both are correct.

    All references from WEBCORB use "with" http://www.webcorp.org.uk

    For example: I am a little fed up with the whole blogging scene

    Thanks for the feedback,

    D

  2. Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Laos

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 60,190
    #5

    Re: My or me before the Gerund

    "fed up of" is fine- Google has 1/2 a million examples:
    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q...=Google+Search

  3. Key Member
    Other
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England

    • Join Date: Feb 2005
    • Posts: 2,585
    #6

    Re: My or me before the Gerund

    1. I'm tired of your talking.
    2. I'm tired of you talking.

    You could say that #1 (possessive + gerund) refers to the act of talking, while #2 (object pronoun + participle) refers to "you-talking".

    The latter seems more personal.

    MrP

  4. Newbie
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Ukrainian
      • Home Country:
      • Ukraine
      • Current Location:
      • Ukraine

    • Join Date: Nov 2005
    • Posts: 5
    #7

    Re: My or me before the Gerund

    I love this gerund stuff !

    Check out this one :

    He comlained about our having come to class late.

  5. Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Laos

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 60,190
    #8

    Re: My or me before the Gerund

    Where you have 'having + past participle', the use of the object pronoun sounds more coloquial to me.

  6. Key Member
    Other
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England

    • Join Date: Feb 2005
    • Posts: 2,585
    #9

    Re: My or me before the Gerund

    Yes, I'd agree for BrE; though "He complained about our having come to class late" has a slight AmE air about it, to my ears. And I get the impression that "possessive + gerund" is a little more usual for speakers of standard AmE.

    The BrE version would be more like "he complained about us being late for class".

    Could be wrong, though.

    MrP

  7. Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Laos

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 60,190
    #10

    Re: My or me before the Gerund

    I'd agree with you- in BrE, we seem to be moving towards a more casual attitude to language than our AE cousins.

Page 1 of 2 1 2 Last

Similar Threads

  1. Whether a Gerund or an Infinitive.
    By Anonymous in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 21-Sep-2006, 05:27
  2. Replies: 3
    Last Post: 19-Mar-2005, 03:40
  3. Gerund
    By Flash in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 04-Mar-2005, 21:47
  4. gerund or participle??
    By wendy in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 08-May-2004, 06:13
  5. is this a verb, particple or a gerund.
    By Anonymous in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 11-Sep-2003, 18:45

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •