I hear everyday people use gerund and infinitive with nouns and pronouns instead of simple verbs. For Example: "Instead of me calling you ........ "or, "The minister to resign next month". These sentences confuse me, because I learned that infinitives and gerunds are used with verbs as nouns, subjects, or objects; but I never learned anywhere that gerunds and infinitives are used with nouns and pronouns. Please help!

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    In your first example, "me" is the subject of the subordinate clause me calling you, which is functioning as complement to the preposition "of". Your second example looks like a headline from a newspaper or the Internet, and has the verb "be" omitted". In full, it would be The minister is to resign next month, where the infinitival clause is predicative complement of the verb "be". There's nothing at all unusual or ungrammatical about either sentence.
    – BillJ
    Commented Jan 7, 2017 at 17:33
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Gerunds can take objects where they make sense.

Walking makes us healthier.

Walking the dog makes the dog healthier.

Giving is required by the church

Giving 20 dollars to the IRS is required by law.

Object or possessive pronouns can be put in front of -ing words to identify the "subject". I think possibly in the case of using an object pronoun, the -ing word technically becomes a participial adjective, but I'm not sure.

I walked to be healthier.

Me walking makes me healthier, but probably not someone with a broken foot.

I gave my sister two dollars

Me giving my sister two dollars resulted in my brother getting jealous.

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