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A sentence from a newspaper article:

"Allen's harassing presence contributed to Kobe coughing up seven turnovers."

In formal English one would have to write "Kobe's." Right?

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A sentence from a newspaper article:

"Allen's harassing presence contributed to Kobe coughing up seven turnovers."

In formal English one would have to write "Kobe's." Right?

Thanks.

My 0.02$ (with some gross overvaluation maybe):

You need the possessive case there.

Allen's harassing presence contributed to [Kobe (coughing up seven turnovers)].

If Kobe is noun in accusative case, it means we can drop 'coughing up seven turnovers'. But this would yield to a non-sentence:

Allen's harassing presence contributed to Kobe. :cross:

On the other hand, if Kobe is in genitive case: 'Kobe's, we would have a determiner-noun (gerund phrase) sequence, where the removal of the former would not result in ungrammaticality:

Allen's harassing presence contributed to [STRIKE]Kobe's[/STRIKE] coughing up seven turnovers. :tick:

Still, it is widespread usage in informal register:

Allen's harassing presence contributed to Kobe coughing up seven turnovers.

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