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    Is 'want sb doing sth' correct?

    Hi, Teachers.

    I just saw the following sentence in Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary (the entry is 'want'):
    I don't want you arriving late.

    I think it should be 'I don't want your arriving late'. Is the construction 'want sb doing sth' grammatically correct?

    Thanks in advance.

    Enydia *^_^*

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    Re: Is 'want sb doing sth' correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by enydia View Post
    I don't want you arriving late.
    It's perfectly grammatical. It's another way of saying, I don't want you to arrive late.

    Another example

    Ex: I don't want you sitting there all day / to sit there all day playing computer games.



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    Re: Is 'want sb doing sth' correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    It's perfectly grammatical. It's another way of saying, I don't want you to arrive late.

    Another example

    Ex: I don't want you sitting there all day / to sit there all day playing computer games.


    Thank you very much for your reply.

    One more question:
    Is 'I don't want your arriving late' also grammatically correct? If it is, is it commonly used?

    Thanks in advance.

    Enydia *^_^*

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    Re: Is 'want sb doing sth' correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by enydia View Post
    I don't want your arriving late.
    It's ungrammatical. The reason being, the entire gerund phrase here, your arriving late functions as an object, leaving the verb one object short:

    I don't want 1 2 = I don't want you (1) arriving late (2).

    I don't want 1 = I don't want your arriving late (1).

    Does that help?

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    Re: Is 'want sb doing sth' correct?

    What about this?
    If you don't want your efforts going down the drain, you should...
    Is it grammatically correct?

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    Re: Is 'want sb doing sth' correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Deepurple View Post
    What about this?
    If you don't want your efforts going down the drain, you should...
    Is it grammatically correct?
    Yes, as is ...efforts to go down the drain... .


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