I have been thinking about this for quite a while and have done some research on it. What I have learned is that possessive pronoun+gerund is a structure that's more "formal", while object pronoun + gerund is less formal. Also, some people suggest that using the structure of possessive noun+noun might be more idiomatic and make the sentence easier to understand.
What I want to know is whether in the formal writing style the structure of "object+gerund" should never be used.
It just sounds quite clumsy when the "formal style" is used.
- Soldiers walking slowly in two lines toward the enemies might look crazy to people nowadays.
- Soldiers' walking slowly in two lines toward the enemies might look crazy to people nowadays.
Note that in the first example I am not talking about "soldiers who walked slowly in two lines toward the enemies" but "the fact that soldiers walked slowly in two lines toward the enemies"
- Do you mind me telling you the truth?
- Do you mind my telling you the truth?
Do the sentences that contain the structure of "object pronoun+gerund" confuse you or make you think it's so informal that it should not be seen in newspapers or prestigious magazines such as the Times or the Economist?
Thanks in advance! Any opinions are welcome!