Should it be "You" or "Your" with Gerunds?

Mignon Fogarty,
April 14, 2011


"You" or "Your" with Gerunds

Dottie asked which sentence is correct:  

We appreciate you contacting the office.
We appreciate your contacting the office. 

Both are correct, but they have slightly different meanings. If you appreciate that someone contacted the office (the act of contacting), use "your." It's roughly equivalent to "We appreciate that you contacted the office." If you appreciate the person who contacted the office, use "you."

Typically, you want the possessive pronoun: We appreciate your contacting the office. 

Read more about possessives and gerunds: Do I Hate You Singing or Your Singing?

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