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Posted: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 6:26:18 PM

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Which one is the correct expression?
Don't tell him me being at your place.
Don't tell him my being at your place.
Don't tell him about me being at your place.
Don't tell him about my being at your place.
malgaff
Posted: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 6:48:36 PM
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The last one is the correct answer.
FounDit
Posted: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 8:56:04 PM

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Writer Forum wrote:
Which one is the correct expression?
Don't tell him me being at your place.
Don't tell him my being at your place.
Don't tell him about me being at your place.
Don't tell him about my being at your place.


I went to your place. I performed that act, or behavior.
Don't tell him about my action/behavior (being at your place).
P.K.
Posted: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 10:22:36 PM
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"Don't tell him I was at your house." (Or the person's apartment, flat, digs, home, suite, duplex, etc.)
Madhan Prakash
Posted: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 2:09:55 AM
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Don't tell him about my being at your place.
s_galle
Posted: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 4:06:55 AM

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I believe the correct one is "Don't tell him about me being at your place."
Because it's "telling about me" (being somewhere), not "telling about my being"(..).
Allana
Posted: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 5:28:59 AM

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The fourth option will work, but the third is more likely to be used.
Sometimes the grammatically correct option will just get you a disbelieving stare, or worse, what on earth do you mean; while the incorrect one says exactly what you want to and sounds better.
Grammar should be a guide, not a master
TheParser
Posted: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 7:36:08 AM
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Allana wrote:
The fourth option will work, but the third is more likely to be used.



Yes!


I am pretty sure that an American teenager would say, "Don't tell Mom about me eating all the ice cream" instead of the correct "Don't tell Mom about my eating all the ice cream."


Nevertheless, Writer Forum, if you are writing something for a university report or even for a large corporation, I suggest that you follow the rule:


"I do not like your eating all the ice cream," Mother said.

It is the "eating" that she dislikes.

Of course, Mother likes YOU.



James
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