Unit 11.2

Possessive with Gerund

Syntax

The gerund (-ing form of verbs) can act as a noun.

When a noun comes before the gerund, we can apply the possessive case to that noun. {see Possessive Case, A1}

The structure of possessive with gerund is:
Clause + noun + possessive case (‘s) + gerund

NOTE: We can also find possessive adjectives instead of the possessive case.

  • The terrorist group’s attacking to the bank was a huge shock for us (their attacking).
  • Immigrants’ coming to the country is making some people angry (their coming).
  • Lower class’ being poor was not a problem for the upper class (their being).
  • All people heard about their murdering in the back street.

We use possessive with gerund when the gerund acts as a noun.

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