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  1. It’s hard to imagine me doing that crime

  2. It’s hard to imagine I doing that crime

  3. It’s hard to imagine my doing that crime

Which of the above three sentences is correct? My grammar book said we should use possessive form of noun or pronoun before gerund as in sentence 3. So is it correct? If all are correct, what is the difference in meaning?

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  • Where are the punctuations? – Berker Yüceer Nov 7 '20 at 12:00
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    to commit a crime, not do one. Punctuation is missing. [no s] – Lambie Nov 7 '20 at 17:50
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I would not use any of the three. It seems to be something the speaker is saying about themselves, so I would expect something reflexive, like
"It's hard for me to imagine myself doing that crime."

If the speaker is talking about someone else's imagination about him, it might be put
"It's hard for them to imagine me doing that crime."
In that sentence, "my doing" could be used, but I think it doesn't sound as good.

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First of all number 2 is wrong..


On number 3 and 1 it's like;

3: "It's hard to imagine my doing that crime!" -"doing" here is gerund so "my" is correct but it feels a bit empty because the sentence is reflexive.

1: "It's hard to imagine me doing that crime!" -This is also correct but used in formal writings mostly.


Myself is a reflexive pronoun so if we use myself here;

"It's hard to imagine myself doing that crime!" -So now it has a disgust like strong emphasis and it is hard to grasp by someone like you. Also while talking it is more fluent, common and reflexive. I would totaly suggest using this myself above all else.


the other possible ways of saying it with different meanings;

"It's hard to imagine, that crime is my doing!" -Also true in construct but has a feeling of self acceptance that the crime is done by you and/or you are making a mockery of that crime!


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