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    Smile Possesive pronoun plus gerund

    Hi,
    I'm curious why in the sentence "Late in 1939, Orson Welles was invited to Hollywood to make a motion picture of his own choosing" we use the phrase of (his own choosing) and can we change ....of his own choosing with .....he chose so it becomes "Late in 1939, Orson Welles was invited to Hollywood to make a motion picture he chose"

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    Re: Possesive pronoun plus gerund

    The way it is phrased, it indicates the he was free to make any movie he wanted, and had not already chosen. If somebody said "Late in 1939, Orson Welles was invited to Hollywood to make a motion picture he had chosen" that would be correct but would indicate that Orson had already made his choice when he was invited. Somebody might say "Late in 1939, Orson Welles was invited to Hollywood to make a motion picture he chose" and manage to be understood (the first meaning above), but that language is unclear.
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    Re: Possesive pronoun plus gerund

    Please note, tri3hary, that a better title would have been 'of his own choosing'.

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    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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