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    confused with his /him

    Hi,

    Could you tell me the grammar in the sentence below which I found in an English test
    I remember his asking very stupid questions.

    For me, I would replace his by him because it must be a pronoun 'him' acting as an object in this case instead of a possessive adjective 'his'

    Thanks

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    Re: confused with his /him

    Please name the source of the test.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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    Re: confused with his /him

    You can use either pronoun. I'll submit my understanding but you should wait for an authoritative opinion.

    With his (which I'm pretty sure Fowler prefers), his asking very stupid questions is a noun phrase and the sentence could reduce to "I remember a noun." With him, there's an implied comma and asking very stupid questions is an adjectival phrase modifying him.
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    Re: confused with his /him

    Quote Originally Posted by guyenne View Post
    Hi,

    Could you tell me the grammar in the sentence below which I found in an English test
    Possessive with Gerund
    http://www.getitwriteonline.com/arch...asegerunds.htm
    http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/edu...or-you-singing

    I am not a teacher.

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