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  1. Newbie
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    Him or His

    Could anyone tell me whether the use of 'him' in the following sentence is correct?

    I'm sure this personality development is all part of him learning how to communicate.

    I though 'his' is correct because it relates to 'learning' rather than 'of'. Thank you in advance.

  2. engee30's Avatar
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    Wink Re: Him or His

    Quote Originally Posted by yena
    Could anyone tell me whether the use of 'him' in the following sentence is correct?
    I'm sure this personality development is all part of him learning how to communicate.
    I though 'his' is correct because it relates to 'learning' rather than 'of'. Thank you in advance.
    You could use either him or his, without any change in meaning.

  3. Newbie
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    Red face Re: Him or His

    Thank you, Engee.

  4. Casiopea's Avatar

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    Re: Him or His

    Additionally, "learning" functions as a gerund, a noun, in that context, so the possessive adjective "his" would be the better grammatical choice.

  5. Newbie
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    Smile Re: Him or His

    Thanks a lot, Casiopea. It's all clear now.

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