"I appreciate your taking the lead." or "I appreciate you taking the lead."


"You" or "your" taking? I run into this regularly. I was once told that "your taking" is correct, but I prefer to have at least two independent sources before I commit.


"I appreciate you." makes sense; but it becomes a bit ambiguous once additional words are added.



you your asked Mar 20 '13 at 16:43 Joe Casserly New member

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Sanjay is correct. Both mean the same thing, but there are slight differences in how 'taking' is defined.


I appreciate your taking the lead. In this instance, 'taking' is a gerund and a noun. 'Taking the lead' is a gerund phrase and is the direct object of 'appreciate'. 'Your' is a possessive pronoun modifying the phrase.


I appreciate you taking the lead. Here, the direct object is 'you'. 'Taking' is a participle, and 'taking the lead' is a participle phrase modifying 'you'.

link answered Mar 20 '13 at 19:59 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

Great answer!

Joe CasserlyMar 20 '13 at 20:21

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