“Looks more genuine than me/I writing”

In the following sentence, which is more appropriate — I or me, and why?

Sending separate mails will look more genuine than me/I writing on behalf of everyone.

Answer

Writing in your sentence is a gerund. A gerund is an non-finite form of a verb, and as such it does not permit an actual subject (just like participles and infinitives do not permit true subjects).

However, as with infinitives, there are ways to express the subject role in connection with a gerund. With infinitives, we use for (subject in italics, infinitive in bold):

It is difficult for me to do it.

A gerund is, traditionally speaking, a nominal form, i.e., it resembles a noun. Therefore, many prescriptivists claim that its subject should be expressed in the same way that the ‘subject’ (i.e., owner) of a regular noun is—using the possessive (subject in italics, gerund in bold):

He doesn’t like my singing so loudly all the time.
Peter’s taking the car today is really inconvenient.

This is quite common in formal English, and it is a perfectly natural form to use in writing; as such, I would advise you to use this construction in your case and write:

Sending separate mails will look more genuine than my writing on behalf of everyone.

However, in less formal English—both written and spoken—it is more common to simply use the object form of the subject; that is, the object/accusative case of personal pronouns, or with other subjects, just use the subject on its own:

He doesn’t like me singing so loudly all the time.
Peter taking the car today is really inconvenient.

This construction is also perfectly valid, though it is marked as being less formal. If you are writing in a generally informal, colloquial style, you can use this just fine.

You cannot use the nominative form of a personal pronoun as the subject of a gerund, though:

He doesn’t like I singing so loudly all the time.

This is completely ungrammatical in any register of English.


In brief, you have two options:

Sending separate mails will look more genuine than my writing on behalf of everyone. (More formal)
Sending separate mails will look more genuine than me writing on behalf of everyone. (Less formal)

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Source : Link , Question Author : Suy , Answer Author : Janus Bahs Jacquet

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