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    Question Please help

    Dear Teachers,

    Could you please check following sentences & tell me what type of grammar structure it is? Please explain with few examples.

    1) I don't like your going there.

    2) Your saying like that makes me feel proud.

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    Re: Please help

    Quote Originally Posted by hsb View Post
    Dear Teachers,

    Could you please check following sentences & tell me what type of grammar structure it is? Please explain with few examples.

    1) I don't like your going there.

    2) Your saying like that makes me feel proud.
    I think it's called a "gerund structure."(Some grammarians disagree to this terminology, I hear, by the way.)

    Examples(from Practical English Usage by Michael Swan):

    I don't mind your going without me.
    Does my smoking annoy you?
    John's going to sleep during the wedding was rather embarrassing.
    SHe was angry at Lina's trying to lie to her.

    The book(Practical English Usage, or Swan) also says:

    "We can often use determiners(for example, the, my, this) with -ing forms."
    "Possessive 's forms are also possible."

    I hope it will be a great help to you.


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    Re: Please help

    Hi, tzfujimino,

    Thank you very much for your reply, Yes it is a great help to me. I understood it completely.

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