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  1. wotcha's Avatar
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    #1

    We don't approve of John/ John's buying this house.

    1. We don't approve of John buying this house.

    2. We don't approve of John's buying this house.


    One of my grammar books say sentence is correct but not 1, which is totally

    different from what I know.


    I wonder if my grammar book is wrong or not.

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    #2

    Re: We don't approve of John/ John's buying this house.

    NOT A TEACHER

    1. We don't approve of John. We don't like John.
    2. We don't approve of John's buying this house. We don't like what John does, in this case buying this house.

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    #3

    Re: We don't approve of John/ John's buying this house.

    IMO, both are correct. If you rephrase them, it may be easier to understand:

    We don't approve him/you buying the house.
    We don't approve his/your buying the house.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: We don't approve of John/ John's buying this house.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post
    NOT A TEACHER

    1. We don't approve of John. We don't like John. I think you'rre modifying the meaning of the verb by leaving out relevant information. IMO, you'd be right if the original sentence ended there, but it doesn't.
    2. We don't approve of John's buying this house. We don't like what John does, in this case buying this house.
    charliedeut
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: We don't approve of John/ John's buying this house.

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    I wonder if my grammar book is wrong or not.
    Traditional grammars prefer the use of the possessive, but most speakers use the object form. In formal language, it's probably better to use the possessive, but I would not agree that it is wrong to use the first- it goes against the real pattern of usage.

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