Your staring won’t make me walk faster


You staring won’t make me walk faster

Which is correct, you or your?

  • 5
    Both are technically "correct". It's a matter of choice/context.
    – Hot Licks
    Mar 30 at 0:23
  • The second is incorrect, as the "staring" is an adjective, which shouldn't be placed directly after pronoun without a verb.
    – r13
    Mar 30 at 0:57
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    @r13 - How is "staring" an adjective?
    – Hot Licks
    Mar 30 at 1:31
  • 2
    Native speakers (at least in the US) routinely use both constructions. I have some vague and unreliable memory of a grammar teacher stating that "your" is the correct choice here, but pay no attention to that.
    – cruthers
    Mar 30 at 3:36
  • 1
    Both are correct, second is more colloquial; it is similar to “you staring at me?” which means “(are) you staring at me?”. It is missing the “be” verb but as r13 said in an earlier comment, if you add be to the second sentence it won’t make sense. Context, context, context.
    – aesking
    Mar 30 at 6:26

"Your staring won’t make me walk faster" It presents an action that could or going to happen. "You staring won’t make me walk faster" While this action it's happening right now. So, both ways are correct, it depends only on context.

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    There really isn't any difference in meaning. Some people will maintain there is, and follow their own rules. But nobody agrees on the rules, since they're so vague and have to do with what is meant instead of which words are used. Mar 30 at 0:49
  • It is not the "meaning" matters, it is the grammar, either correct, or not correct, both in speaking and writing.
    – r13
    Mar 30 at 13:12

Both forms are correct . The first one is in the possessive gerund , more formal and grammatically correct . The second one is also correct and it is in the accusative gerund .

However, it is preffered to use the first one in Grammar , whereas there are cases when the second one is preffered over the first one , namely when the there is a balanced sentence as : "THEY OBJECTED TO TOM ( instead of Tom´s ) GETTING NOTHING AND JOHN ( instead of John´s ) EVERYTHING "


Content below responds to your question indirectly. It also promote understanding on the proper order of the English language (Noun/Pronoun + Verb).

Basic word order in English The basic word order of an English sentence is Subject + Predicate.

The predicate is the part of the sentence that tells something about the subject. The predicate always includes the verb.

So, Subject + Predicate word order can be broken down into smaller pieces like this:

subject + verb


subject + verb + object

Let's review the definitions of these parts of speech. subject = noun or pronoun

The person, place, or thing that the sentence is about.

verb = action or state of being

one verb or a verb phrase

object = the noun or nouns that receives the action of the verb or is affected by the action of the verb

Unlike some languages, English usually requires you to put the subject near the beginning of the sentence before the verb. Native speakers rarely stray from this word order in correct English.

Hope this helps.

  • "Your" is the second person possessive adjective. It is used to describe something as belonging to someone. It should be followed by either a noun or the gerund. "you are." is usually followed by the present participle, but can also be followed by an adjective.
    – r13
    Mar 30 at 11:25

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