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    Possessive

    A sentence from a newspaper article:

    "Allen's harassing presence contributed to Kobe coughing up seven turnovers."

    In formal English one would have to write "Kobe's." Right?

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    Re: Possessive

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    A sentence from a newspaper article:

    "Allen's harassing presence contributed to Kobe coughing up seven turnovers."

    In formal English one would have to write "Kobe's." Right?

    Thanks.
    My 0.02$ (with some gross overvaluation maybe):

    You need the possessive case there.

    Allen's harassing presence contributed to [Kobe (coughing up seven turnovers)].

    If Kobe is noun in accusative case, it means we can drop 'coughing up seven turnovers'. But this would yield to a non-sentence:

    Allen's harassing presence contributed to Kobe.

    On the other hand, if Kobe is in genitive case: 'Kobe's, we would have a determiner-noun (gerund phrase) sequence, where the removal of the former would not result in ungrammaticality:

    Allen's harassing presence contributed to Kobe's coughing up seven turnovers.

    Still, it is widespread usage in informal register:

    Allen's harassing presence contributed to Kobe coughing up seven turnovers.

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