gerunds and possesion

Subject: gerunds and possesion
From: "Wiley, Karen P." <WileyKP1 -at- SUBTECH1 -dot- SPACENET -dot- JHUAPL -dot- EDU>
Date: Tue, 20 Aug 1996 09:21:00 EDT

The English language seems to be evolving as always. However, using a
possessive with a gerund seems second nature to me. I have had to explain
that usage to a zillion engineers and scientists over the years, but not
using it looks so odd to me. Think that I am just a leftover from the stone
age perhaps, but that and split infinitives stick right out from the page
for me. Our using those possessives just seems right; however, I think
that perhaps if we get into some big debate over it we tend to veer outside
of Eric's guidelines. Also, this is usually a quick message for most of us,
so there is not time to edit and polish before sending. Since all of us write
for a living we might give each other a break before editing others'
messages and assume it was probably done in haste.

Karen Wiley
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
karen -dot- wiley -at- jhuapl -dot- edu

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