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    • Join Date: Oct 2006
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    hi there,

    i have a grammar/style question:

    a) Despite his being impolite, .....
    b) Despite him being imploite,.....

    I guess they are both used, but I would like to know which one is the more grammatical one, i.e. of better style, prescriptively speaking?

    thank you ever so much!

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    Re: despite

    Hello Estola.

    despite takes a noun phrase as its object. his being is a possessive noun phrase, whereas him being is not a phrase. It's made up of two different units: him, an object pronoun, and being, a participle, or gerund - depending on how you parse it.

    Ex: Despite his being <possessive noun phrase>

    Hope that helps.


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