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    prior to him/his becoming prime minister

    Hello teachers,

    In the following sentence, is the word "him" correct?

    It was Manmohan Singh, in his role as finance minister, who took the Indian economy forward from the 1990s into the 2000s prior to him becoming prime minister in 2004.

    Could you please explain the rule?

    Source: Visuality and Identity in Post-millennial Indian Graphic Narratives, by E. Dawson Varughese (pre-press)

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    Re: prior to him/his becoming prime minister

    The author could have avoided the issue by omitting him altogether.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: prior to him/his becoming prime minister

    Instead of saying "prior to him becoming prime minister" we could just say "beforebecoming prime minister", right?

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    Re: prior to him/his becoming prime minister

    Quote Originally Posted by LaMelange View Post
    Instead of saying "prior to him becoming prime minister" we could just say "beforebecoming prime minister", right?
    Not without a space between the two words I've marked in red, no.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: prior to him/his becoming prime minister

    Oops! Sorry, it escaped my attention. Thank you!

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    Re: prior to him/his becoming prime minister

    Now it's been brought to your attention, please either use the Edit Post function to fix it in post #4 or write a new post with it laid out correctly.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: prior to him/his becoming prime minister

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Now it's been brought to your attention, please either use the Edit Post function to fix it in post #4 or write a new post with it laid out correctly.

    Hope this corrected version is OK:

    It was Manmohan Singh, in his role as finance minister, who took the Indian economy forward from the 1990s into the 2000s before becoming prime minister in 2004.

    Thank you!
    Last edited by LaMelange; 27-Sep-2017 at 05:22. Reason: insertion of space (for reason unknown to me the space gets deleted!)

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    Re: prior to him/his becoming prime minister

    That's fine.

    If you are using a mouse, right-click and choose paste as plain text, it will remove any formatting, avoiding such issues.

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