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feel bad for you having to...

Post by navi » Thu Feb 25, 2021 3:35 am

Are these sentences correct:

1) I feel bad for you having to work in a place like this.

1a) I feel bad for your having to work in a place like this.

2) I feel bad for you doing all this work.

2a) I feel bad for your doing all this work.

I think 'feel bad for' works a bit like a verb of perception here. I don't find the 'a' versions correct.

Gratefully,

Navi
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Post by Erik_Kowal » Thu Feb 25, 2021 5:21 am

I think the first in each pair is acceptable, but it would come more naturally to me to say

"I feel bad {about you / that you're} having to work in a place like this"

and

"I feel bad {about you / that you're} doing all this work".
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