I copied the below sentence from one of the answers to another question:

This means that he arrived and I quickly finished the last of the wine. The two events (him arriving and me finishing the wine) happened at roughly the same time- both in the past.

Shouldn't we use "his arriving" instead of "him arriving" and "my finishing the wine" instead of "me finishing the wine"


I am going to use the word "remember (a thinking verb)" to provide good examples, and hopefully have you understand this unit of grammar.

I remember him arriving. ( where "him" functions as an object );

I remember his arriving. ( where "his" is the possessive - relies on more formal usage, and it is more identical to "his arrival" but not necessarily );

Well, there is no difference in both whatsoever as we are talking about instances of gerunds ( -ing forms of verbs ) and not about NOUNS per se. So which one you will use depends on your personal opinion and preference.

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    Sorry, your answer is incorrect. You can say "I remember him arriving" or "I remember his arriving". You can't say "I remember he arriving". – rjpond Sep 8 '20 at 19:01
  • Sorry, I wasn't paying attention to my autocorrect. – Alex TheBN Sep 8 '20 at 19:03

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