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    Default be a noun, a gerund or a participle?

    In regard to Mr. Smith taking charge at the foreign affair department, the president said the department will be charged with representing our government in negotiations with foreign countries.
    Should the part Mr. Smith taking charge at the foreign affair department be a noun, a gerund or a participle? Can I say it as Mr. Smiths taking charge at.
    Could any one explain it grammatically for me?

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    Default Re: be a noun, a gerund or a participle?

    You are quite correct. 'taking' is a gerund and requires the possessive case, as in:

    The president was opposed to my taking part in the negotiations, so he asked Mr. Smith.

    With regard to Mr. Smith's taking charge at the Foreign Affairs department,..."

    (The official name would be Department of Foreign Affairs)

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