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    #1

    him vs his

    Shostakovich's Fourth Symphony had not hardly entered rehersals when the political climate turned against the composer and made him having the piece performed impossible.

    1. had hardly entered rehersals when the political climate turned against the composer and made his having.
    2. had hardly entered rehersals when the political climate turned against the composer and made him having.

    which one is correct and why?


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    Re: him vs his

    1. had hardly entered rehearsals when the political climate turned against the composer and made his having...

    "having' here is acting as a verbal noun, and these take the possessive pronoun.
    The changed political climate didn't make him do anything; but it made having the work performed impossible...and it was 'his' work.

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