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    Your or yours

    Hello, which one of the following sentences is correct? or both are grammatically correct?

    1. I am not against yours wanting to leave.
    2. I am not against your wanting to leave.

    or

    1. I am against Sarah's crying to go back home.
    2. I am against Sarah crying to go back home.

    Please clarify the difference if there's any and eloborate if needed..

    Thanks,

    Ali

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    Re: Your or yours

    Usually the decision is between "you" and "your."

    Yours is wrong.

    Prescriptivist grammar says to use "your" because the -ing form that follows (the gerund) acts like a noun. I do use the possessive in my writing and usually in my speech.

    More and more, you will hear people say "you."

    Your second set of examples are not very natural.

    If you are "for" an idea you are in favor of it and if you are "against" it you oppose it. If someone is crying to go home, it may annoy you or you may have sympathy for that person, but you don't usually say you are for it or against it.

    Other examples:
    I apprecated his coming to see me. (You will hear "I appreciated him coming to see me.")
    I'm angry about your trying to go behind my back. (You will hear "I'm angry about you trying...")

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    Re: Your or yours

    Thanks for the quick reply, Brab.. I got your point..
    but very quickly tell me which way is correct in this specific sentence..

    1. I am not against Sarah's wanting to leave here.

    or would it be..

    2. I am not against Sarah wanting to leave here.

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    Re: Your or yours

    You don't oppose her desire to leave? Or you don't object if she actually leaves?

    I'm not against Sarah's leaving if that is what she wants to do.


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    Re: Your or yours

    *her desire to leave*.. and it has to be said with the verb 'want'.
    so which one is correct.. if all are correct, please elaborate the differences?

    I am not against Sarah's wanting to leave
    or
    I am not against Sarah wanting to leave.
    or
    I am not against Sarah's leaving.

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    Re: Your or yours

    The one's with the possessive are considered correct, but you will hear the one with just "Sarah" very often.

    (I'm still puzzled how someone can be opposed to what someone wants. You can't be in favor or or opposed to someone else's emotions.)


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    #7

    Re: Your or yours

    hmm how about Sarah's dad is not against Sarah's desire to leave home to go study abroad but he's concerend about her safety, hence against her going abroad..

    so, Sarah's father says, " I am not against Sarah's wanting to leave but I'd be happy if she wouldn't be going, although I know she's leaving tomorrow.."



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    #8

    Re: Your or yours

    and one last thing:

    let's say I am not against the act of sarah leaving the place.

    in that case you said below that it'll be Sarah's leaving.. (scroll up)

    But I want to confirm what actually is correct.

    I am not against Sarah leaving the place.
    or
    I am not against Sarah's leaving the place.

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    #9

    Re: Your or yours

    Quote Originally Posted by alijawed View Post

    But I want to confirm what actually is correct.

    I am not against Sarah leaving the place.
    or
    I am not against Sarah's leaving the place.
    I am not against Sarah's leaving the place.

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