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To me she looks American. Strangely enough, that corresponds to Gib Melson's being American himself.

I'm in doubt in regard to the use of the genitive in the last phrase. Were it a pronoun, it would be possible to use both objective and genitive forms: his being American (formal), him being American (colloquial), right? But I'm not sure whether the following is acceptable: "... to Gib Melson being American himself." Which is correct?

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  • As with the pronoun case, both possibilities are in current use. – Colin Fine Jun 1 at 19:12
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    Is this some kind of strange play on words of Mel Gibson (who is Australian)? – Jason Bassford Jun 1 at 20:22
  • @Jason Bassford Yeah ))) But Gib Melson is Australian too. ))) – Mv Log Jun 1 at 20:32
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English is funny

My High School English teachers would have cracked a ruler across my knuckles for using the genitive form. Yes, you can possess citizenship, but that sentence is asserting a condition, which cannot be possessed.

However, when speaking with any old person on the street, you'll hear it both ways and no one will care accept the people who know better. They'll squint slightly, but usually won't say anything.

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