Is it correct to say this?

Her not paying attention to the class annoys me.

  • Yes, this is 100% correct. And welcome to the site! Apr 20, 2015 at 21:42
  • 1
    Gerunds, whether negative or not, can have subjects that are either in possessive form (her, his, Mary's) or objective (her, him, Mary). Her could, of course, be either one, but since they're both correct, it doesn't matter. Apr 20, 2015 at 22:36

1 Answer 1


Yes, it is correct to have such a possessive structure as a subject:

The Other Side of the Couch: The Healing Bond in Psychiatry Gail Albert - 2011

Meanwhile she's already called back twice. Her not leaving a last name suggests that she believes I know her when I don't. And the number of calls suggests that she feels I'm a very important—and powerful—figure in her life.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.