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    #1

    Subjects/Agents

    I have a short question.Have a look at the following sentence:

    I don't like you asking me personal questions.

    If "I "is the subject then what do you classify the word "you" as?

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    #2

    Re: Subjects/Agents

    Object.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #3

    Re: Subjects/Agents

    Also, I believe, it is the subject of the object clause "you asking me personal questions".
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: Subjects/Agents

    'You' is not the direct object of the verb likes' in that clause. The direct object of the verb is the whole clause 'you asking me personal questions'. 'You' is not technically the grammatical subject of the non-finite 'asking', in my opinion,but it is often considered as such.

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    #5

    Re: Subjects/Agents

    While the original structure is frequently heard in informal speech, I feel that the possessive 'your' sounds better with the -ing form.

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