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    a question worth (my?) asking

    In the following sentences, the subject of the main verb
    is semantically the direct object of the -ing verb following
    "worth" (or, in the case of [3], it's the object of the
    preposition in the "worth" portion).

    I'm investigating whether my fellow native speakers think
    it's OK to add an overt possessive subject to the -ing
    portion of such sentences. The (a) sentences below are
    obviously correct. What about the (b) sentences? Thank you.

    (1a) The Grand Canyon is worth seeing.
    (1b) The Grand Canyon is worth your seeing.

    (2a) These safety precautions are worth taking.
    (2b) These safety precautions are worth our taking.

    (3a) This is worth thinking about.
    (3b) This is worth my thinking about.

    (4a) That isn't worth doing.
    (4b) That isn't worth John's doing, but it is worth Bob's.

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    Re: a question worth (my?) asking

    All of the (b) sentences are unnatural, in my opinion.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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