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Using a possessive noun before a gerund

Some grammar rules (and embarrassing mistakes!) transcend the uniqueness of different regions and style guides. This new International Grammar section by ultimately identifies those rules thus providing a simple, flexible rule-set, respecting the differences between regions and style guides. You can feel free to ask general questions about spelling and grammar. You can also provide example sentences for other members to proofread and inform you of any grammar mistakes.

Using a possessive noun before a gerund

Post Number:#1 by anneloretrujillo
» 06 Jan 2017, 13:32

I was taught that it is always correct to use the possessive form of a noun before a gerund because the gerund is technically a noun, not a verb.

For example it should be

"She had to get over his leaving her."
"She had to get over him leaving her."

Could someone tell me if I am using the possessive and gerund correctly in that sentence?
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Re: Using a possessive noun before a gerund

Post Number:#2 by noel548
» 10 Jan 2017, 15:29

I certainly cannot and I would like to add that grammar is not really up to the task of determining what is correct and what not any more. Once you travel a little you'll find that one sentence is "correct" in one part of the English speaking word while in another part of the world the other sentence is "correct"
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Re: Using a possessive noun before a gerund

Post Number:#3 by rssllue
» 10 Jan 2017, 15:32

Oh for the days of Noah Webster when it all was defined for us!
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Re: Using a possessive noun before a gerund

Post Number:#4 by LivreAmour217
» 13 Jan 2017, 14:44

I wish I could answer this! I feel compelled to do a Google search, but I have a funny feeling that I'll find more than one "correct" answer! I agree with what Noel said: it probably depends on where you're from!
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