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    over his having developed?

    "There's been a lot of buzz over his having developed a new method for such a complex problem." OK? Can I say "him having developed a new method"?

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    Re: over his having developed?

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "There's been a lot of buzz over his having developed a new method for such a complex problem." OK? Can I say "him having developed a new method"?
    Yes

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    Re: over his having developed?

    I am not a teacher.

    Some say yes. I think it sounds wrong. The question of the possessive with the gerund is a point of dispute in English right now. I say use it when you can, but whichever way you do it, you will sound wrong to somebody.
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    Re: over his having developed?

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    Yes
    What about "him developing" in this context? Would it mean the same?

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    Re: over his having developed?

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    What about "him developing" in this context? Would it mean the same?
    Not necessarily.

    There's been a lot of buzz over him/his having developed a new method for such a complex problem. The development of the method is finished.

    There's been a lot of buzz over him/his developing a new method for such a complex problem.The developing may still be going on.

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    Re: over his having developed?

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Not necessarily.

    There's been a lot of buzz over him/his having developed a new method for such a complex problem. The development of the method is finished.

    There's been a lot of buzz over him/his developing a new method for such a complex problem.The developing may still be going on.
    So I can mean both things? "He reported to the police being mugged." In tis one it's clear that he's been mugged. There is no need to say "having been mugged"?

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