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Phantom nuns and gerund(ive)s

Posted by TheFallen on August 17, 2002

This earlier post from Bruce got me thinking...


"I very much appreciate you taking the trouble to look up my request"

Shouldn't it be "YOUR taking the trouble.."?
Or is this a case of the ghosts of the Sisters of Notre Dame circa 1959 cracking my knuckles with their crosses for mis-diagraming a sentence?

*snip end*

It should of course strictly be "your taking", as Bruce knows, because "taking" is effectively a noun in this phrase - a thing which I think either makes it a gerund or a gerundive. However I'm damned if I know the difference between the two - I never understood it in Latin, and I'm even unsure if either or both parts of speech actually exist in English. Can anyone enlighten me without resorting to ordering me to a phantom nunnery?

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