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(..) those who stand to profit from our working harder,

I've noticed this pattern very often, but I don't know how or when to use it. The following

(...) those who stand to profit from us working harder,

would be right as well, right? Is there a difference in meaning? Or in context of use maybe? Thanks in advance!

For reference, the sentence is taken from the fourth paragraph from the end in this article.

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    Context of use it is: the preference for possessive our over objective us with the gerund working, for specifying who is doing this working, is characteristic of formal register. – Brian Donovan Dec 22 '16 at 14:37
  • @BrianDonovan okay, so they mean the same but our is more formal? Thanks a lot! That's the kind of stuff they don't teach you in high school English – Nico Dec 22 '16 at 14:46

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