Is it gramatically correct to say "I appreciate you".


People say this to me and it just sounds wrong to me.

See example:

I appreciate you.
asked Mar 09 '13 at 20:11 Alice Price New member

I say that it is correct. Some does appreicate you. This is similar to what I was just asking. How about: "I appreciate your taking time with me." vs. "I appreciate you taking time with me." I think it's about "your taking." It's possessive; but I cannot find anthing on this subtlety.

Joe CasserlyMar 20 '13 at 16:50

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It's correct. People can appreciate another person. Generally, people will use appreciate in reference to a particular deed, such as: I appreciate you going to the store for me. But if someone says they appreciate you, welcome their compliment and, for God's sake, don't correct their grammar..

link answered Mar 09 '13 at 20:27 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

This is where I get confused. I'd say, "I appreciate your going..." since it's the going that's appreciated

Joe CasserlyMar 20 '13 at 16:56

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As Lewis noted, people most often say they appreciate you for something specific. Without something specific added, I would take it to mean that they appreciate all of the things that you do, or at least a lot of things that are too numerous to list. If you are hearing this from others, I suspect that you are generally nice and very helpful to others.

link comment answered Mar 09 '13 at 21:33 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

im A dental ass. My Dr. Told me she really appreciates me. I do a lot for her because I want to make her life easier. I go out of my way to do extra things because I like her. So she appreciates that. If u know what I mean

link comment answered Sep 16 '15 at 23:39 carolyn burdi New member

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