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    'appreciate your' vs 'appreciate you'

    I really appreciate your ......... me at this difficult time.

    (a) helps
    (b) help
    (c) helped
    (d) helping


    Hi,
    None of the answers make any sense to me. My guess is that the question should be ''... appreciate you _____ me...''. In this case, my answer would be 'd', but it would mean that the question is incorrect.
    What's the right answer, please?
    Thanks!

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    #2

    Re: 'appreciate your' vs 'appreciate you'

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    I really appreciate your ......... me at this difficult time.

    (a) helps
    (b) help
    (c) helped
    (d) helping


    Hi,
    None of the answers make any sense to me. My guess is that the question should be ''... appreciate you _____ me...''. In this case, my answer would be 'd', but it would mean that the question is incorrect.
    What's the right answer, please?
    Thanks!
    The question is correct. And I've also marked the correct answer to the question.
    Hope this helps!
    Dawood

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    Re: 'appreciate your' vs 'appreciate you'

    I agree with the above poster.

    I really appreciate your ......... me at this difficult time.

    (a) helps
    (b) help
    (c) helped
    (d) helping


    Note that, your is a possessive pronoun/adjective; it takes a noun. In this case, a gerund.

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    Re: 'appreciate your' vs 'appreciate you'

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    I agree with the above poster.

    I really appreciate your ......... me at this difficult time.

    (a) helps
    (b) help
    (c) helped
    (d) helping


    Note that, your is a possessive pronoun/adjective; it takes a noun. In this case, a gerund.
    Thanks for supporting my answer.
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    Re: 'appreciate your' vs 'appreciate you'

    Quote Originally Posted by dawoodusmani View Post
    The question is correct. And I've also marked the correct answer to the question.
    Hope this helps!
    Dawood
    Thanks a lot Dawood!

    Could you explain it to me, please? I don't understand the construction ''your helping me''. If I wanted to use "your", shouldn't I discard ''me''?

    Are the following alternatives correct, please?

    I really appreciate your help at this difficult time.
    I really appreciate you helping me at this difficult time.

    Thanks!

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    Re: 'appreciate your' vs 'appreciate you'

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    dawoodusmani[/left];403947]Thanks for supporting my answer.
    Dawood
    Thanks a lot.

    I'm OK with ''your helping'' but I find ''your helping me'' odd.

    Doesn't the ''me'' imply that ''helping'' cannot be a noun and has to be a verb?

    Thanks!

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    Re: 'appreciate your' vs 'appreciate you'

    [quote=jctgf;403951]Thanks a lot.


    Doesn't the ''me'' imply that ''helping'' cannot be a noun and has to be a verb?
    NO. Gerund (ing form) is one form of the noun. It's, therefore, absolutely fine. I appreciate your concern, but honestly, it's fine.
    1- appreciate + noun e.g. I really appreciate your help.
    2- Appreciate + that e.g. We appreciate that caring for children is an important job.
    3- appreciate + ing e.g. I appreciate your making the effort to come.
    4- appreciate + how/what/why (question word) e.g. I don't think you appreciate how much time I spent preparing this meal.
    Hope this has helped a bit more.
    Dawood

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    Re: 'appreciate your' vs 'appreciate you'

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    Doesn't the ''me'' imply that ''helping'' cannot be a noun and has to be a verb?
    Gerunds are "verbal nouns"; they act like verbs: they can take objects.

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