I came across the following sentence in a workbook:
There was a possibility of ... (he) going to England.
The book says the answer is his, not him.
Would him be grammatically incorrect? If so, why?
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Prescriptive grammars long taught that his was correct there and him was incorrect, the goal being to educate the him (dative) + participle construction out of existence.
Kids would go to school saying a chance of him going to London and graduate, knuckles bloody, saying a chance of his going to London.