Contemporary essays, fiction, and opinion offered regularly by author Anne Brandt.

Question for the week
Is there anything wrong with the following phrase? "It cost less to reuse boxes than to buy new ones."
Rules of the Games
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Nancy J asks...
Correct usage of you versus your. Is this sentence correct? I appreciate your forwarding your concerns to me. What is the rule for using you versus your? Thank you
Anne answers...
The sentence is correct. There are a variety of rules for the use of 'you' and 'your,' but the one that is relevant here states: Use the possessive form when the word modifies a gerund. What's a gerund, you ask. It's a verb that ends in 'ing.' In your sentence, 'forwarding' is a gerund, so we use the possessive 'your' with it. Here is another example, Your cutting onions seems to make your eyes water.
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