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“Me being” versus “my being” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Gerund preceded by possessive pronoun (e.g. “He resents your being more popular than he is”) Until a few months ago, I had always thought that sentences like this ...
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“…his parents' dream of *him* achieving a Cambridge degree.” What is the function of “him” here? [duplicate]

I have a problem analysing this sentence from the point of finite/nonfinite clauses, clause elements and their functions: He does not want to destroy his parents' dream of him achieving a Cambridge ...
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“If you don't mind me asking” or “If you don't mind my asking”? [duplicate]

Which one is more appropriate - "If you don't mind me asking" or "If you don't mind my asking"? I always thought that it was "If you don't mind me asking", but I recently heard "If you don't mind my ...
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Would you mind me / my opening the window? [duplicate]

Would you mind me opening the window? Would you mind my opening the window? Who uses which form, and why? Is this a difference in dialect? A difference between formal and informal grammar?
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What is the correct form of a gerund? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When is a gerund supposed to be preceded by a possessive pronoun? “Me being” versus “my being” Usage of the gerund preceded by the possessive pronoun I don't really know ...
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Is “We look forward to your spending time with us” a proper use of “your”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When is a gerund supposed to be preceded by a possessive pronoun? The phrase “We look forward to your spending time with us” is common in invites in my industry but it feels ...
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“Because of our doing something …” - Is this correct English? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When is a gerund supposed to be preceded by a possessive pronoun? I am a German mathematician. In some research papers I find grammatical constructions like the one in the ...
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Must I use “their” or “them” in the following instance [duplicate]

Which of the following is correct? In the case of "their" being granted a bond the deal will go through. or: In the case of "them" being granted a bond the deal will go through.
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Please explain the grammar behind these sentences [duplicate]

I have used these kinds of sentences in talking and writing for so long without really knowing the grammar behind them: This resulted in my getting late It's unfortunate that even after his ...
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“Him” or “his” used with “resulted” [duplicate]

Which sentence is more grammatically correct: Jack’s predilection toward competitive sports resulted in him becoming a great tennis player. or Jack's predilection toward competitive sports ...
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Gerund usage: when can verbs be used as -ing nouns? [duplicate]

I have a question regarding the correct usage of verbs as nouns ending in -ing (I understand that these are referred to as gerunds). Under what circumstance may a gerund be used in place of the verb ...
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“I hope you don't mind my telling you frankly” - sentence structure [duplicate]

"I hope you don't mind my telling you frankly" I've come upon this sentence while reading Viktor Frankl's "Man's Search for Meaning" and it struck me as kind of strange. To me, swapping "my" for "me" ...
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Which is correct: “your -ing” or “you -ing”? [duplicate]

Which of the following is (more) correct or are they both acceptable? I apologise for your receiving emails. or I apologise for you receiving emails. I think I read somewhere (but can't find ...
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pronoun/noun followed by present participle [duplicate]

I would really resent him doing this project. I would really resent his doing this project. What I suspect is that the difference between in these sentences is that the emphasis is put upon the ...
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Can someone please tell the Usage of “its” in the following is correct? [duplicate]

Here is a quote from "Ever Wonder Why / the color red angers a bull? " (page 20). It has been suggested that this reaction to red (my note: of bull which is color-blind to a shaking cape in red) ...

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