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When Tom won the talent contest, his friends cheered for him.

In this sentence, what is the pronoun that matches the antecedent Tom? I suspect it is "him", but can it also be "his" in this case?

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  • Him refers to Tom. – Drew Nov 7 '14 at 5:19
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The referent of his is the implied Tom's.

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