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    Possessive adjective + ing

    I'm wondering if my following sentence is correct?

    My going to the party is up to my dad.

    Is it grammatically correct?

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    No. What is up to your dad is whether or not you go,

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    #3

    Re: Possessive adjective + ing

    It is understandable.

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    Re: Possessive adjective + ing

    I know that in grammar the gerund can be used as the subject.
    Jogging in the morning is good for body.
    Eating too much salt is not healthy.
    Is it grammatically correct to put a possessive adjective before the gerund as the subject?
    His eating too much salt is not healthy.

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    #5

    Re: Possessive adjective + ing

    I think a possessive form can be used before a gerund, as in 'His taking in too much salt is bad for his health', but I am not a teacher.

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    #6

    Re: Possessive adjective + ing

    I think you can use an object pronoun before a gerund also.

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    #7

    Re: Possessive adjective + ing

    It's not advisable at the beginning of a sentence, mawes.

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    #8

    Re: Possessive adjective + ing

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


    Hello, English:

    1. I do not like your asking that question.

    2. I do not like you asking that question.

    According to my books, some native speakers see a difference.

    To some people, #1 means something like: I do not like the fact that you asked that question. (Maybe the answer would be too embarrassing, etc.)

    To some people, #2 means something like: I am happy to answer that question, but I will not answer that question because it comes from you, whom I do not like.

    NOTE: As a teacher in this thread reminded us, some native speakers use the objective form ("you") when they probably want to give the meaning of the possessive form ("your").

    For example, "Why does me wearing red shoes upset you so much?" instead of "Why does my wearing red shoes upset you so much?" (It's the "wearing" that upsets you so much, not the person who is wearing those red shoes.)
    Last edited by TheParser; 07-Aug-2015 at 12:46.

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    #9

    Re: Possessive adjective + ing

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    NOTE: As a teacher in this thread reminded us, some native speakers use the objective form ("you") when they probably want to give the meaning of the possessive form ("your").
    Some native speakers use exclusively the object form; others use exclusively the possessive form. There is generally no difference in meaning intended or understood, in my opinion.

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    #10

    Re: Possessive adjective + ing

    It's a perfectly grammatical sentence.
    My going or not going to the party is up to my dad.


    However, it's not the way most native speakers would naturally form this idea. Whether I go to the party or not is up to my dad, as suggested by Piscean, is more likely by far.

    That said, there are many sentences using this same pattern of possessive+gerund as subject that are perfectly natural. For example:
    A: I'm sorry
    B: Your being sorry won't fix this situation.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 07-Aug-2015 at 18:12. Reason: Fixed minor typo
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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