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    Question 'Me' or 'My'

    Could someone kindly help me here: which sentence is correct gramatically and why:

    • If you don't mind me asking, what did you think of our new college head?
    • If you don't mind my asking, what did you think of our new college head


    I have recently seen people using 'my' in such cases, but I normally would use 'me' - don't know why, though! It just seems right to me. :S Could you please include some other examples as well. Thanks.

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    Re: 'Me' or 'My'

    Hi Science Nerd

    The rule is that if you are going to modify a noun with a pronoun, use the pronoun's possessive form; e.g., her book; his writing has improved; If you don't mind my asking.

    The descriptive fact is that Don't mind me, a fixed phrase, exists elsewhere in the language and for that very reason "sounds" perfectly natural everywhere else, which is why we use it.

    • If you don't mind my asking, ...
    • If you don't mind me asking, ... <marginal>

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    #3

    Re: 'Me' or 'My'

    Soup is right, but the second option is nevertheless quite common.


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    #4

    Re: 'Me' or 'My'

    is nevertheless quite common.

    So, as we British would say, don't be 'common' - DON'T USE IT.


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    Re: 'Me' or 'My'

    Thanks for correcting me. Now I know, hurray!

    :)

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