'me/my' being late

  • Andygc

    Senior Member
    British English
    It should be "to my being late", but English is for ever changing and in spoken British English you will hear "to me being late" far more often than you will hear "to my being late"


    Lapsed Moderator
    English-Ireland (top end)
    You will find a great deal of discussion on this point in the threads listed at
    gerund possessive.

    You will see arguments for both structures being grammatical, in some contexts, and clear indications that the "... my being late ..." structure is dying out.


    Senior Member
    UK English
    In such phrases the speaker will tend to choose which sounds more natural. The problem (actually I don't think it's a problem at all) is that people differ in what they think sounds natural.

    I don't think you will get a reply which will say that me is wrong and my is right (or vice versa).

    Added: If anyone tries to tell you that me is wrong and my is right, refer them to Language Log March 3, 2009, which points out that the construction has been in used for over 300 years and also gives lots of examples of the use of the possessive (my) and the accusative (me). You can find this on the internet (http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=1200).
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