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    Possessive or accusative?

    What's the logic in all this...
    I remember him going there
    and
    I rememer his going there

    I regretted his doing that
    but not
    I regretted him doing that

    It seems that quite a few verbs won't accept him as an alternative to his

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    Because the gerund is a kind of noun, the grammatical choice of purists is the possessive, but the majority don't seem to have picked up on this. I'd say they're both fine. I use both, but many only use one. You could call the possessive more formal.

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    Re: Possessive or accusative?

    What tdol said plus this,

    you can remember a person, so 'remember him doing something' is often heard. But, since you can't regret a person, 'regrert his doing something' is always heard. Whether or not a given verb takes a pronoun or gerund depends on the verb's meaning.

    All the best,

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    It's a pity we can't regret a person-there are some people we should be allowed to regret.

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