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    Candidates must ensure that they do not appear...

    Candidates must ensure that they do not appear for the test more than once or else they would run the risk of their candidature not only being cancelled but also of their being debarred from future examinations of the commission for a period of three years.

    Shouldn't it be "them being" in place of "their being"? Is it okay to use the latter colloquially?


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    P.S. Please correct any errors above.

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    Re: Candidates must ensure that they do not appear...

    Quote Originally Posted by MeyaN View Post
    Shouldn't it be "them being" in place of "their being"?
    No, the original is correct.

    Quote Originally Posted by MeyaN View Post
    Is it okay to use the latter colloquially?
    Sometimes that happens.

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    Re: Candidates must ensure that they do not appear...

    What do you think about the following examples, where 'the risk of them being' is used?
    http://fraze.it/n_search.jsp?q=%22th...&findid=-1&ff=
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Candidates must ensure that they do not appear...

    All of those example sentences would be understood and accepted. However, in each sentence, "them" could (and some people would say should) be replaced with "their" and the meaning (and grammatical correctness) would be retained.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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