What is the difference between proud of him being a doctor & his being a doctor

Deborah HyeongJeong

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Hi
I would really appreciate it if anyone could tell me the difference between I am proud of "him" being a doctor and I am proud of "his" being a doctor
Thanks
Deborah Jeong"
 

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Re: What is the difference between proud of him being a doctor & his being a doctor

Hi.
I would really appreciate it if anyone could tell me the difference between "I am proud of "him" being a doctor" and "I am proud of "his" being a doctor".
Thanks.
Deborah Jeong

Welcome to the forum. :hi:

Effectively, there is no difference between them. These days you'll hear "him" more frequently than "his" (in BrE).

Note my changes above. It's important to end every sentence with a closing punctuation mark. Also, make sure you enclose whole sentences you're querying in quotation marks. Within that, you can also mark out individual words you're querying.
 

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Re: What is the difference between proud of him being a doctor & his being a doctor

Hi
I would really appreciate it if anyone could tell me the difference between I am proud of "him" being a doctor and I am proud of "his" being a doctor
Thanks
Deborah Jeong"

There is no difference in meaning, but there is a difference in construction.

I am proud of him being a doctor.

In this example "being a doctor" is a participle phrase acting as an adjective modifying "him".

I am proud of his being a doctor.

In this example "his" is a possessive adjective modifying the gerund "being a doctor"
 
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