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    "Try not to begrudge his getting...

    "Try not to begrudge his getting the promotion over you" or

    "Try not to begrudge he getting the promotion over you."

    Please tell me which is correct.
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    Re: "Try not to begrudge his getting...

    I would use 'him/his' instead of 'he getting the' in the second sentence.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 10-Sep-2017 at 08:41. Reason: Adding the slash.
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    Re: "Try not to begrudge his getting...

    OK, it is "..begrudge him getting.." since "he" is used as an object.
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    Re: "Try not to begrudge his getting...

    Rover KE, I think you have misunderstood my original post above.
    I did mean replacing 'he getting the' with 'him his'.

    Try not to begrudge him his promotion over you.
    There is no slash between 'him' and 'his'.
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    Re: "Try not to begrudge his getting...

    Right - I see.

    It makes sense now that you have written the sentence in full.

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    Re: "Try not to begrudge his getting...

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I would use 'him/his' instead of 'he getting the' in the second sentence.
    Please explain this. This seems little complicated.
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    Re: "Try not to begrudge his getting...

    Please note that the slash, which seems to have complicated my meaning, was added by Rover_KE.

    1. Try not to begrudge his getting the promotion over you.
    2. Try not to begrudge him getting the promotion over you.
    3. Try not to begrudge him his promotion over you.
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    Re: "Try not to begrudge his getting...

    Try not to begrudge 'that'. 'That' is replaced by "he getting the promotion over you."

    So finally "Try not to begrudge he getting the promotion over you." Please tell me why this is wrong.
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    Re: "Try not to begrudge his getting...

    After "begrudge", we use object pronouns before the relevant noun.

    Don't begrudge me my success.
    Don't begrudge him his win.
    Don't begrudge them their happiness.
    He doesn't begrudge us our lottery win.

    After "begrudge" but before a verb, we'd say:

    Don't begrudge my getting the promotion.
    Don't begrudge his winning the competition.
    Don't begrudge their being happy.
    He doesn't begrudge our winning the lottery.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 10-Sep-2017 at 11:06.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: "Try not to begrudge his getting...

    Simply put, the object form should be used after a verb or a preposition.
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