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    #1

    "stand in my way" or "stand in the way of my"

    Two sentences below:
    1. You are standing in my way of being an English teacher.
    2. You are standing in the way of my being an English teacher.
    Which one works better? Or both function well? It is highly appreciated that if you could give instructions.
    Deep thanks for anybody who gives a reply.

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    #2

    Thumbs up Re: "stand in my way" or "stand in the way of my"

    Well, as "my" is a possessive pronoun it requires a complement, and in the second phrase you have none, to me that is the first indicate that the first phrase is the correct one. Although it could be used like this: "You are standing in the way of my happiness." see "my" here has a complement per say.
    And plus I have never heard or read anyone use this construction as in the second phase.

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    #3

    Re: "stand in my way" or "stand in the way of my"

    On the other hand, I believe that 2. is fine and 1. is very strange. Someone's way of being an English teacher would be hard to stand in!
    'Being' is gerund, a noun.
    "You are standing in the way of my being an English teacher." is the possessive version of "You are standing in the way of me being an English teacher."
    I hope you don't mind my correcting you.

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