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  1. tomtomkool45
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    possessing verbs?

    why is it now that in a lot of writing, especially books from the USA, and increasingly, i am seeing, for example: '....despite its being built......'.
    is this some sort of Americanism? or is it now common to do?
    i always thought it should be: despite it being built....
    any help?

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    Re: possessing verbs?

    Quote Originally Posted by tomtomkool45
    '....despite its being built......'. / despite it being built....
    The general rule is, use a possessive pronuon with a gerund,

    . . . despite its being built . . . . (meaning, despite this one characteristic)

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