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    #1

    kind of you saying

    Hi,

    1- It was generous of them to ask Anna along.
    2- It's kind of you to say that.

    Taken from Longman Dictionary.

    Can I ask if we can use a gerund instead of an infinitive?

    3- It was generous of them asking Anna along.
    4- It's kind of you saying that.

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    #2

    Re: kind of you saying

    3 and 4 don't work, but these variations do:

    5. Asking Anna along was generous of them.
    6. Saying that was kind of you. (The present simple is not natural in this sentence.)
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    #3

    Re: kind of you saying

    So many thanks for the answer. Let me ask one more question: Is it OK to say, 'It is ridiculous him/his talking like that.'?

    Thanks again!

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    Re: kind of you saying

    No. You can say It's ridiculous of him to talk like that or ​His talking like that is ridiculous.
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    #5

    Re: kind of you saying

    You may well hear all of the forms you have asked about in informal conversation. I suggest learners don't use them.

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    Re: kind of you saying

    True. I hear it with a break and a few unspoken words: It's ridiculous of him -- his talking like that [, that is].
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