Is it correct to say the following?

I don't like David going to meet Ann everyday.


David going to meet Ann everyday is not a good sign.

Where "David going to meet Ann everyday" is considered as a gerund phrase.

  • Yes, you're more of less correct in your analysis. The "gerund phrase" in your sentence is the subject of the sentence. – user405662 Apr 3 at 7:16
  • A better example would be: 1. I don't like him singing" 2. I don't like his singing.". 1. approximates to "I don't like him when he sings", and 2. approximates to "I don't like his style of singing." In current English, the objective and possessive are often confused to such an extent that both are acceptable with the possessive sounding more formal. – Greybeard Apr 3 at 18:56

In both examples, it needs to be "David's going."

Edited to add the requested justification.

possessive with gerunds

Using the possessive before a gerund

We often put a noun or pronoun in front of a gerund to show who or what is doing the action in the gerund. This noun or pronoun is called the subject of the gerund. In formal writing, the subject of the gerund should be in the possessive form:

  • Your leaving early was a wise decision.
  • We celebrated Gord’s winning the contest.
  • Natalie objected to my borrowing her hockey stick.


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    You should include an explanation of why you think this is so. – KillingTime Apr 3 at 22:21

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