Which is better:

  1. Instead of your calling, maybe I should do it.

  2. Instead of you calling, maybe I should do it.

I feel like the first one is the better choice here because instead of needs a gerund, but the second sentence seems really common.

  • 1
    What does being a gerund have to do with using a possessive subject? Gerunds can have either possessive or objective subjects (which is why the second sentence seems so common -- it is common because it's normal). Jun 5, 2019 at 18:30
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    “Your calling” parses more strongly as one’s chosen profession (your calling as a teacher / doctor / minister / etc). “You calling” doesn’t have this ambiguity.
    – Lawrence
    Jun 5, 2019 at 22:58