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    Deborah HyeongJeong is offline Newbie
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    What is the difference between proud of him being a doctor & his being a doctor

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    I would really appreciate it if anyone could tell me the difference between I am proud of "him" being a doctor and I am proud of "his" being a doctor
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    Re: What is the difference between proud of him being a doctor & his being a doctor

    Quote Originally Posted by Deborah HyeongJeong View Post
    Hi.
    I would really appreciate it if anyone could tell me the difference between "I am proud of "him" being a doctor" and "I am proud of "his" being a doctor".
    Thanks.
    Deborah Jeong
    Welcome to the forum.

    Effectively, there is no difference between them. These days you'll hear "him" more frequently than "his" (in BrE).

    Note my changes above. It's important to end every sentence with a closing punctuation mark. Also, make sure you enclose whole sentences you're querying in quotation marks. Within that, you can also mark out individual words you're querying.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: What is the difference between proud of him being a doctor & his being a doctor

    Quote Originally Posted by Deborah HyeongJeong View Post
    Hi
    I would really appreciate it if anyone could tell me the difference between I am proud of "him" being a doctor and I am proud of "his" being a doctor
    Thanks
    Deborah Jeong"
    There is no difference in meaning, but there is a difference in construction.

    I am proud of him being a doctor.

    In this example "being a doctor" is a participle phrase acting as an adjective modifying "him".

    I am proud of his being a doctor.

    In this example "his" is a possessive adjective modifying the gerund "being a doctor"
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