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

Mignon Fogarty
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"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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Mignon Fogarty

Mignon Fogarty is the founder of Quick and Dirty Tips and the author of seven books on language, including the New York Times bestseller "Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing." She is an inductee in the Podcasting Hall of Fame, and the show is a five-time winner of Best Education Podcast in the Podcast Awards. She has appeared as a guest expert on the Oprah Winfrey Show and the Today Show. Her popular LinkedIn Learning courses help people write better to communicate better.