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    Default Which is correct, please?

    Hi!
    1- Tom was a really intelligent boy when we were in high-school. I still remember his asking very
    intelligent .

    2- Tom was a really intelligent boy when we were in high-school. I still remember his asking very
    intelligently .

    Which is correct, please?

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    Default Re: Which is correct, please?

    Quote Originally Posted by hoangkha View Post
    Hi!
    1- Tom was a really intelligent boy when we were in high-school. I still remember his asking very
    intelligent .

    2- Tom was a really intelligent boy when we were in high-school. I still remember his asking very
    intelligently .

    Which is correct, please?
    Neither.

    1- Tom was a really intelligent boy when we were in high-school. I still remember his asking very
    intelligent questions..

    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Default Re: Which is correct, please?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Neither.

    1- Tom was a really intelligent boy when we were in high-school. I still remember his asking very
    intelligent questions..

    Just a point on the use of possessive adjectives or pronouns before gerunds. "Remember" is one of several verbs that can be followed by either a possessive adjective (in this case "his") or an object pronoun ("him") when it precedes a gerund. Frankly, I would prefer to use "him" in the example.

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    Default Re: Which is correct, please?

    Thank you all.
    My question comes from the following exercise.
    - Tom was a really intelligent boy when we were in high-school. I still remember………..very intelligent .
    A.
    his asking
    B.
    asking him
    C. him to ask

    D.
    his being asked
    The key is A.

    But I have just searched for it on Google and found the original. (the same as what Mr.5jj said.)
    - Tom was a really intelligent boy when we were in high-school. I still remember………..very intelligent
    and strange questions.
    A.
    his asking
    B.
    asking him
    C. him to ask

    D.
    his being asked
    Last edited by hoangkha; 06-Mar-2012 at 21:21.

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    Default Re: Which is correct, please?

    Quote Originally Posted by hoangkha View Post
    Thank you all.
    My question comes from the following exercise.
    - Tom was a really intelligent boy when we were in high-school. I still remember………..very intelligent .
    A.
    his asking
    B.
    asking him
    C. him to ask

    D.
    his being asked
    The key is A.

    But I have just searched for it on Google and found the original. (the same as what Mr.5jj said.)
    - Tom was a really intelligent boy when we were in high-school. I still remember………..very intelligent
    and strange questions.
    A.
    his asking
    B.
    asking him
    C. him to ask

    D.
    his being asked
    Yes. Given those choices, A. would be correct.


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    Default Re: Which is correct, please?

    By the way
    Ex:
    - I still remember his answering my questions very clearly.
    Someone says that in this sentence very clearly modifies remember, not answering.
    Is it right, please?


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    Default Re: Which is correct, please?

    Quote Originally Posted by hoangkha View Post
    - I still remember his answering my questions very clearly.
    Someone says that in this sentence very clearly modifies remember, not answering.
    It's slightly ambiguous. You could make your meaning clear by choosing one of these two:

    - I still remember very clearly.his answering my questions.
    - I still remember his very clearly answering my questions.


    Incidentally, I agree with bill mcd - I would use 'him' in these sentences.
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