For example, "I described the scene of him drive away."


I described the scene of him drive away.

should be:

  • I described the scene of him/his driving away."

That said, I would write that sentence like this:

  • I described the scene in which he drives away.

driving away is a gerund phrase, in the prepositional phrase introduced by of.

a gerund phrase is basically a type of noun phrase.

Other examples: playing tennis going out finishing work

Here are examples of one after the preposition of and about:

  • The story of his playing tennis on that roof court was so funny.

  • The lie about his going out was terrible.

So, no, a bare infinitive does not work, a gerund is needed.

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