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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! – Cerberus Apr 20 '15 at 21:42
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    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. – John Lawler Apr 20 '15 at 22:36
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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.

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