Excerpted from Oxford dictionary:

A. I can just imagine him saying that!

Which one is more formal, or which one have you seen more in formal texts? In addition, do you use them interchangeably?

B. I can just imagine his saying that!

Any feed-back would greatly be appreciated

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    In texts, "his saying" is more common. In daily conversation, "him saying" is more common. For many years, students were taught that "his" was correct and "him" was incorrect. You may find textbooks still making the distinction.
    – TimR
    Commented Jun 6, 2015 at 12:47

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They can be used interchangeably. There is a difference in style/register though. His is more formal and/or written style, while in spoken language you'll mostly hear him. Nevertheless, both are correct so it is up to you to decide which one is most appropriate in the context.


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