What is correct? I appreciate you taking responsibility ... or I appreciate your taking responsibi


is it pronoun you or possesive form "your"

See example:

I appreciate you taking responsibility for my concern
asked Apr 19 '13 at 14:55 Marlena Gal New member

your. This is not common usage, especially in spoken language, but it is technically correct. The sense not: I appreciate you, but I appreciate (the fact of) your taking responsibility.

Bill KeeneyApr 19 '13 at 18:34

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It can be either one. The difference is that using the possessive makes 'taking' a gerund and using 'you' makes 'taking' a participle.

A gerund is a verbal that ends in -ing and functions as a noun.  A participle is a verbal that is used as an adjective and most often ends in -ing or -ed.


Gerunds - http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/627/01/

Participles - http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/627/02/

link comment edited Apr 19 '13 at 16:57 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

Is it wrong to say..

I appreciate you for taking responsibilty for my concern.

link comment answered Apr 21 '13 at 15:47 Z. A. Jazley Contributor

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