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I said:
a. I appreciate your taking the time to talk with me.
b. I appreciate you taking the time to talk with me.

Could you tell me which is gerund and which is participle??
you said:
They're both gerunds- the difference between 'your' and 'you'is simply a question of formal\informal style in BE.

So you mean
Michael and David disagree about Michael's puttting up his posters--->gerund [formal]
Michael and David disagree about Michael puttting up his posters---->gerund [informal]
right??
 

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Michael's = formal.;-)
 

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BTW- it's easire if you reply to the thread where we have answered, so we can look back at earlier posts, otherwise we end up jumping around.;-)
 
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Dear Tdol, do you mean
Michael and David disagree about Michael puttting up his posters---->gerund [informal]

???
please clear this to me, I'm still confused. :oops:
 

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Yes,it's a gerund- it means 'the act of putting up the posters', not an adjective describing Michael, or a present participle denoting what he is doing at the moment.
Does this help? ;-)
 

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wendy said:
Dear Tdol, do you mean
Michael and David disagree about Michael puttting up his posters---->gerund [informal]

???
please clear this to me, I'm still confused. :oops:

I can understand your confusion, and we are adding to it. TDOL and I eveidently disagree aboput the classification of the vrebal when not preceded by a possessive. IMO, it is a participle; TDOL calls it a gerund. I guess you'll have to pick one opinion and stick with that. :?
 

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It depends whether you want to speak American English or proper English.
:lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:
 

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tdol said:
It depends whether you want to speak American English or proper English.
:lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:

False choice, there. :wink:
 
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