I don't like him wasting time


I don't like his wasting time

what is the difference in meaning of these two sentences

  • The first is used as a participle. In the second, the noun phrase is more usual as "I don't like his time-wasting." Feb 14, 2020 at 16:05
  • @WeatherVane so are both correct? Could you please elaborate what does first sentence mean? Feb 14, 2020 at 16:08
  • In the first sentence, he is wasting time, and that is what you don't like: you don't like him [when he is] wasting time. Your second sentence is grammatical but not idiomatic. It could be said when "he is malnourished and wasting away, and I don't like those times when he is losing weight." But that isn't your intention, I am sure, to use it like "partying time" or "waiting time". Feb 14, 2020 at 16:12
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    Does this answer your question? When to use an object pronoun or a possessive adjective before a gerund. See also “their having a mind”, and doubtless others. Feb 14, 2020 at 16:43
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    Note that in some contexts, the two are not exchangeable because they mean different things. For example: I don't like him singing while his throat is sore. And I don't like his singing; it's out of tune. Feb 14, 2020 at 16:47


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