Sarah's kissing John

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Nathan Mckane

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Which one is correct?

She recoiled at the sight of Sarah's kissing John.
She recoiled at the sight of Sarah kissing John.

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Which one is correct?

She recoiled at [STRIKE]the sight of[/STRIKE]:?: Sarah's kissing John.
She recoiled at the sight of Sarah kissing John.

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To my ear, they're both OK, but without "the sight of" in the first case. With "the sight of" I feel the rest of the sentence should depict a scene - either 'Sarah kissing John' or the strange-sounding (over-elaborate?) "Sarah's kissing of John" (the latter of which I wouldn't recommend!)

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