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(SUMMIT 1 - UNIT 5) GRAMMAR: USING

POSSESSIVE GERUNDS.
The following grammar point is used to express disagreement,
complaint or simply to ask for permission before you act in a way you
know others could find annoying.
(A man walks into a cafeteria and sits next to a mid-aged woman)

A: Good afternoon. Do you mind my playing music?

B: Not at all. I'm about to leave.

In this conversation, we can observe how the man asked politely for permission to do something he
knew would bother the woman. However, in his question we can also see the structure contains a
possessive adjective and a gerund.
First of all, let's get familiar with the following concepts:

Possessive adjectives are used to express belonging. Possessive nouns


are used for the same reason but with a different form.

Object pronouns are used to replace the direct object in a statement.

A noun is a word that provides a name for an idea, object, person,


animal. In a few words, all that surrounds us in our reality.

possessive adjectives / possessive nouns + gerund


• I object to their playing loud music late at night.

• I don't mind his singing in the morning.

• Hugo's talking during the movie was annoying.

• Does my daughter's playing videogames bother you?

• What bothers me is his not apologizing for texting during class.

• His chewing bubble gums in the class gets to me.

• I don't like Lucy's not paying attention to me.

• The kids' singing was too loud.


• I don't like your calling me this late.

• She was so happy with Peter's not coming to her party!

• You should complain about Sam's cutting in line.

*this is a formal way to express complaint.

Combine the two statements to create one using possessive adjectives


or possessive pronouns:
1. They litter all the time. We're against of it.

2. Susanne is using her smartphone at class. The teacher doesn't mind it.

3. My sister didn't say she was sorry. I got really mad by that.

nouns (name) / object pronouns + gerund


• I object to them playing loud music in here.

• I don't mind him singing in the morning.

• Hugo talking during the movie was annoying.

• Does my daughter playing videogames bother you?

• What bothers me is him not apologizing for texting during class.

• Him chewing bubble gums in the class gets to me.

• I don't like Lucy not paying attention to me.

• The kids singing was too loud.

• I don't like you calling me this late.

• She was so happy with Peter not coming to her party!

• You should complain about Sam cutting in line.

*this is a informal way to express complaint.

Combine the two statements to create one using nouns or object


pronouns:
1. They spit on the floor. We find it disgusting.

2. Tom speaks Spanish at class. The teacher minds it.


BUT never use a noun (name) or an object pronoun if it is the subject in
the statement.
Which of these statements is incorrect?

1. I object to them playing loud music in here.

2. I don't mind him singing in the morning.

3. Hugo talking during the movie was annoying.

4. Does my daughter playing videogames bother you?

5. What bothers me is him not apologizing for texting during class.

6. Him chewing bubble gums in the class gets to me.

7. I don't like Lucy not paying attention to me.

8. The kids singing was too loud.

9. I don't like you calling me this late.

10. She was so happy with Peter not coming to her party!

11. You should complain about Sam cutting in line.

3, 8 and 6 are incorrect because instead of using a noun (name) or an


object pronoun, you should use a possessive adjective or possessive
noun.