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    "The company insists on you/your giving a satisfactory explanation."

    "The company insists on you giving a satisfactory explanation."
    My book says the "you" here is incorrect, and it should be changed to "your". I agree that the use of "your" here is definitely correct, but I think "you" is also acceptable. Do you native speakers of English prefer "you" or "your" here? Thanks!

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    Re: "The company insists on you/your giving a satisfactory explanation."

    Fowler insisted on the possessive in "Modern English Usage", but that was published a hundred years ago. Nowadays either "you" or "your" is fine. My preference would be to re-cast the sentence to avoid that awkward construction.
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    Re: "The company insists on you/your giving a satisfactory explanation."

    I'd still use "your" but I'm old-fashioned like that. We probably see/hear "you" more frequently in BrE these days. You can avoid the issue by saying "The company insists that you give a satisfactory explanation."
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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