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Their being received

Posted by Andy Brooks on April 27, 2005

I wonder whether you could help with an argument that has arisen following the posting of an internal e-mail here at work.

One of our employees has caused a commotion by insisting the following statement contains a grammatical and compositional error in relation to the 'their being received' section of the statement.

Could you, my learned friends, analyse the statement and let me know if it's correct or incorrect?

It would also be helpful to explain why it is right or wrong!

The statement is as follows:-

"In Neil's case in particular, could you ensure his faxes are taken and handed to him - or left on his desk - within 20 minutes of their being received?"

Many thanks!