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I want to use "listening" such that it modifies "the vogue", not "the people."

Which sentence achieves that? Or neither?

Sentence I

The vogue of people listening to music on tapes is not completely gone.

Sentence II

The vogue of people's listening to music on tapes is not completely gone.

So "the vogue" is the act of listening music on tape.

I also don't know what "listening" would be grammatically called in each sentence: "gerund" or "participle"?.

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    If you get difficulties with formulating your idea don't cling to the difficult formulation. Try to say it in another simpler way as: There are still people who listen to music on tapes
    – rogermue
    Feb 23, 2016 at 17:09
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    Can you explain more about the difference between the two meanings that you have in mind? I don't understand the distinction.
    – Ben Kovitz
    May 24, 2016 at 1:14
  • Instead of "vogue", use "cult", there is nothing "fashionable", "trendy" or "stylish" about listening to audio tapes. "Vogue" in this context sounds wrong.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Oct 22, 2016 at 7:05

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You can't say "the vogue listening to music", so there is no way that listening can modify vogue in the above sentence. You need a preposition.

You can say "the vogue for listening to music", so the proper way to phrase the sentence is

the vogue of people for listening to music ...

(You can also say "the vogue of listening to music", but it's best to avoid using two of's if you can.)

I actually don't see why you need of people in this sentence at all ... who else is going to have a vogue for listening to music?

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  • Sentence I: The vogue of people listening to music on tapes is not completely gone = ... people who listen to music ...
    This is a participle clause.

  • Sentence II: The vogue of people's listening to music on tapes is not completely gone.
    This sounds a bit weird, but listening is a noun in this case.

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