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Common Core: 8.L.1a

Possessives and Gerunds

Author: Sydney Bauer

This lesson explains how a possessive or a possessive pronoun can be used preceding a gerund in a sentence.

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Gerunds are verbs with an –ing ending that live the exciting life of a noun, which is why they are sometimes referred to as verbal nouns. 


Gerunds can act as the subject, direct object, subject complement, or object of a preposition.


If it acts like a noun, you’ll have to treat it like a noun. That means that if there’s ever a noun or pronoun appearing alongside a gerund, it must be in a form that will allow it to modify another noun. It must be in the possessive case.


Let’s make a comparison using another noun: yard.

What pronoun case would you use? The objective or base form of a noun?

  • Geoffrey yard
  • Him yard
  • Me yard
  • Them yard

No! That would sound absurd! You would use the possessive case! 


The gerund acts as a noun, so you’ll have to treat it as a noun and use the possessive case whenever a noun or pronoun precedes it.

Possessives and Gerunds