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    Is it correct??

    Hello everyone.
    I'm reading a novel and I got a question.

    ~~~ but because I felt that me witnessing some part of this intimate routine would in some way have embarrassed him too.

    in this sentence, me is correct?? "I" cannot be there??

    Thanks in advance.

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    #2

    Re: Is it correct??

    It should be "my".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: Is it correct??

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It should be "my".

    Oh. Thank you.
    But in a novel, me was the original. me was also incorrect?

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    #4

    Re: Is it correct??

    me witnessing some part of this intimate routine would in some way have embarrassed him too

    'Me witnessing ' in the clause is supposed to be the subject, not the object.
    So it should be 'my witnessing'.

    not a teacher

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    Re: Is it correct??

    The majority of BrE speakers will say "The problem with me witnessing a crime is that I probably won't bother reporting it". I very much doubt most of those people have any idea that it should be "my witnessing" and they would probably tell you that "my" sounds pretentious. However, one thing is certain - none of them would say "The problem with I witnessing ...".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: Is it correct??

    Quote Originally Posted by emphasis00 View Post
    I felt that me witnessing some part of this intimate routine would in some way have embarrassed him too.

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, Emphasis:

    You have already received the answer.

    I thought, however, that you might be interested in some ideas.


    *****

    1. I believe that some people would say the use of "me" in your sentence is acceptable and maybe even more appropriate than "my."

    2. Look at these two sentences from one of my favorite books *:

    a. I had a glimpse of him dodging this way and that.
    b. I had a glimpse of his dodging this way and that.

    "Both are equally good," the book says.

    2a "emphasizes the person concerned."
    2b "emphasizes the 'dodging.' "

    3. I do not know the context of your sentence.

    a. It seems that the speaker did NOT witness the "intimate routine" of Mr. X.
    b. It seems that the speaker wanted to avoid witnessing that intimate routine because it would have embarrassed Mr. X.

    4. Therefore, I personally can understand why the speaker used "me." He wanted to emphasize "the person concerned."

    a. That is, Mr. X would have been especially embarrassed because of who the speaker was (Mr. X's son? his daughter? his wife? His business associate?)



    James


    * Pence and Emery, A Grammar of Present-Day English (1963), page 314.
    Last edited by TheParser; 21-Oct-2014 at 21:49. Reason: placement of a period (full stop).

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    Thank you so much.
    Now I got understood. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by emphasis00 View Post
    Thank you so much.
    Now I understand.
    Rover

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    There is no need to write a new post just to say "Thank you", or to quote our replies back to us. It makes us think there is new information or a follow-up question and we spend time opening the thread. Simply click on the "Thank" button at the bottom left-hand corner of any post you find helpful. It saves everybody's time.




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