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    All that stuff about you not being in the band any more.

    Dave: Are you sure you arenít coming back today, with me?
    Amy: No, Dave. I told you Ė Iím talking to Saints Alive this afternoon.
    Dave: Well, OK. Listen, Amy. Iím really sorry Ė I hadnít realized how upset you were about Joanne. Iíve been a bit stupid. All that stuff about you not being in the band any more.
    Amy: Itís OK, Dave. I think Joanne had already decided before the contest that she wanted my place in the band Ė and my boyfriend.
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    All that stuff about you not being in the band any more.
    I think this sentence means ĎAll that stuff about you will not be in the band any more.í Am I right?
    Another question: what kind of grammatical structure is this sentence?

    THANKS.

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    Re: All that stuff about you not being in the band any more.

    Quote Originally Posted by diamondcutter View Post

    All that stuff about you not being in the band any more.
    I think this sentence means ‘All that stuff about you will not be in the band any more.’ Am I right?
    No, he's saying something like "I've been a bit stupid for not realizing how upset you actually were, after hearing all the talk about you not being a member of the band group anymore."

    In other words, he heard the rumors that Amy wasn't a part of the band, but didn't think they were true, because he didn't realize Amy was really upset about the situation.

    Quote Originally Posted by diamondcutter View Post
    Another question: what kind of grammatical structure is this sentence?
    It's not a grammatical sentence, it's just a sentence fragment representing dialogue.
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    Re: All that stuff about you not being in the band any more.

    Thanks, Skrej.
    Could I change the sentence into 'All that stuff about your not being in the band any more'?

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    Re: All that stuff about you not being in the band any more.

    'Being' would be a gerund instead of a participle if 'your' was used instead of 'you'.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: All that stuff about you not being in the band any more.

    Quote Originally Posted by diamondcutter View Post
    Thanks, Skrej.
    Could I change the sentence into 'All that stuff about your not being in the band any more'?
    You could, but it still wouldn't be a grammatical sentence. There's no main clause, so it lacks a subject and verb.
    Wear short sleeves! Support your right to bare arms!

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    Re: All that stuff about you not being in the band any more.

    Quote Originally Posted by diamondcutter View Post
    All that stuff about you not being in the band any more.
    Another question: what kind of grammatical structure is this sentence?
    I think it is a noun phrase where 'about you(r) not being in the band any more' is an adjectival prepositional phrase modifying 'stuff'.
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