Is there any subtle difference in meaning between the sentences:
I depend on you doing this work. <--- Would sound a bit unnatural, but wold be "ok".
I depend on you to do this work. <--- More natural sounding.
I count on you coming in on time.
I count on you to come in on time. <--- Would sound more natural.
I count on you coming
I count on you to come
inon time. <--- Would sound more natural.
In my opinion, yes, there's a difference—definitely in the first pair, possibly in the second.Is there any subtle difference in meaning between the sentences:
(1) I depend on your doing this work.
(2) I depend on you to do this work.
(3) I count on your coming in time.
(4) I count on you to come in time.
Does it really matter? I've heard that the possessive style is considered to be rather formal, and we can use ether object or possessive in such phrases.Thank for your clear explanation!
[I've indicated a small grammatical correction in sentences (1) and (3); the "-ing" form, called a gerund, behaves as a noun and requires the possessive form of the pronoun.]