1.1. Use of nouns, gerunds, and if clauses
Some of the expressions used in requests and thanks are followed by specific word forms.
Appreciate and thank you for are followed by a noun or a gerund (verb + ing).
– I appreciate your help. (noun)
– Thank you for your help. (noun)
– I appreciate your helping me. (gerund)
– Thank you for helping me. (gerund)
Appreciate it in a request is followed by an if clause with would or could.
Would you mind is followed by a gerund (verb + ing) or by and if clause.
Would it be possible is followed by an infinitive (to + verb).
– I would appreciate your help with this.
– I would appreciate your sending me the information as soon as possible.
– We would appreciate it if you would bill us in 60 days. (if clause)
– I would appreciate it if you could send this as soon as possible. (if clause)
– Would you mind e-mailing me when you ship the order? (gerund)
– Would you mind if I gave your name to my colleague? (if clause)
– Would it be possible to start a week late? (infinitive)
– Would it be possible for you to send me…? (infinitive with a subject)