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    Exclamation Troubling Gerund Possesive

    A friend and I are having a bit of a discussion about the following sentence found in a report from work:
    "This is due to the program's being new."
    I contend that since the subject of the sentence is so obscure and wrapped in a preposition, the possesive is not needed.
    He contends that a noun modified by a gerund phrase is always possesive.
    Which of us is more correct?
    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: Troubling Gerund Possesive

    You are. Ask him whether he thinks the problem of luggage's being stolen from airports is less serious than people's being over-prescriptive about grammar rules?

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