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I have a noun phrase but don't know whether it is correct.if incorrect , it will be hoped to be corrected.
Tom wants Jack to help her (sentence) ~~~ Tom's wanting of Jack to help her (noun phrase)
Question: Is the noun phrase correct?
May 22, 2020 6:35 AM
Comments · 3
To be specific, you have a gerund phrase (which is just one type of noun phrase). It’s correct if we delete the word “of”. Also, in colloquial English, speakers often say “Tom” instead of “Tom’s”, even though it’s technically correct to use the possessive with a gerund phrase (as we would with any other noun). We’d need some more context to tell if you’re actually using the gerund phrase in a correct and “natural” manner in a sentence. 

May 22, 2020
I thank not only the beautiful teacher Laliseuse but also the handsome teacher Phil, you both are good teacher , letting me know the detailed know-how about such phrase.
Thank you both again and again!!
May 22, 2020
Just to add to Phil's comment, an even more colloquial version would be a 'Tom wanting..' . To me, it would sound perfectly natural in spoken or informal language to say, for example, "Tom wanting Jack to help her is a problem, isn't it?".

This is a classic case where the grammatically correct version sounds far less natural than the supposedly incorrect version: your gerund phrase, 'Tom's wanting of Jack to help her', is correct, but rather awkward-sounding.
May 22, 2020
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Chinese (Mandarin), English
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