[Grammar] in spite of failing

Oceanlike

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Is my sentence correct?

(a) Robin refused to quit in spite of failing the course three times.
(Somehow, it sounds a bit strange not to put 'his' before 'failing'.)

(b) Robin refused to quit in spite of his failing the course three times.

I find that my using of 'in spite of' is sometimes unsure; I'm not confident of it.
 

Rover_KE

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I would only use (a).
 

bubbha

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Both (a) and (b) are correct, but (a) is far more natural in my opinion.
 
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