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Which is the correct answer?

The president of Girou Electronics stated that the financial performance of the company was a personal responsibility of ...

  1. his
  2. himself
  3. he
  4. him
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    LINK According to this link, 1 is correct.
    – Ting Choe
    Mar 11 '17 at 11:00
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1 is correct - it is "a personal responsibility of his". This - the construction (a/the/some/etc...) NOUN of POSSESSIVE - is, as the Chicago Manual of Style calls it, a "double genitive," and it's a common possessive idiom in English. Compare, for instance, the lines:

Ah we can dance if we want to, we can leave your friends behind
Cause your friends don't dance and if they don't dance
Well they're no friends of mine

from the classic song "The Safety Dance" by Men Without Hats, for one of many, many examples of this sort of usage.

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  • For the life of me, I think claiming that we must (or even just should) always use double genitives is probably misleading. For example, even though it's true that the responsibility of his is more idiomatic than of him, I think it sounds more natural to say (this is) the responsibility of his family, of his children, etc. than of his family's, of his children's, etc. Mar 11 '17 at 19:11
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If I had to pick one of the choices for the example sentence, I would choose option #2; the word 'himself'.

This sentence could be re-written into a clearer sentence. I would have used the sentence: "The president of Girou Electronics stated that the financial performance of the company was his personal responsibility".

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The correct answer for it is number 4,that is,him. This fits in the context.

The president of Girou Electronics stated that the financial performance of the company was personal responsibility of him.

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