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Possessive pronouns and verb with -ing form [duplicate]

I'm looking for the rules concerning when you use possessive pronouns combined with a verb of "-ing" form. What's the combination called and how does it work? Examples: Thanks to my going to school ...
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Construction “to his being offered” needs explanation [duplicate]

This sentence is from the Wikipedia article about Michael K. Williams from "The Wire". The scar led to his being offered roles as a thug in music videos. As I see it, the word being is either a ...
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“them doing it” or “their doing it”? [duplicate]

1. I hate them calling her fat. 2. I hate their calling her fat. Which one is correct and which one is not ? Or do both work under different circumstances ? Please answer with explanation. ...
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Which is the correct gerund clause? 'People's killing animals', or 'People killing animals … '? [duplicate]

Which is the correct gerund clause that should be used here? People killing animals is a bad thing.. or People's killing animals is a bad thing.. John being late is a bit inconvenient. or John's ...
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“The fact of its being” Grammar [duplicate]

"The fact of its being so rare a flower ought to have made it easier to trace the source of this particular specimen, but in practice it was an impossible task." I just found this sentence reading a ...
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Word choice: “them” or “ their” [duplicate]

I don't like _____ eating. What will be better to use, them or their. I want to say their way of eating .But, i want to cut it short, according to context. Can I use the sentence this way, using '...
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Possessive gerund [duplicate]

After watching this video with the following examples: I appreciate your coming here. He resents Marry's being promoted. I am tired of Migel's complaining. I do not understand why in this exercise (...
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Pronoun usage - subjective /objective/possessive [duplicate]

The fact that John was a good student resulted in his/him having many offers for the job. Which one should be used and why?
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Them vs Their in a sentence [duplicate]

Which one is correct? Their quitting on you is their loss. Them quitting on you is their loss.
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what is “ ' s ” in the sentence in bold? [duplicate]

And he gave the boy his belessing. The boy could see in his father' s gaze a desire to be able, himself, to travel the world- a desire that was still alive, despite his father' s having had to bury it,...
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“him arriving and me finishing the wine” [duplicate]

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)...
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Which one is correct? [duplicate]

You are always complaining about me driving your car. You are always complaining about I driving your car. You are always complaining about my driving your car.
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Is “I hate his doing that” old-fashioned? [duplicate]

I read a lot of classical novels although I am not a native speaker, and in Jane Austen’s or Louisa May Alcott’s, I see a lot of sentences like these: “I don’t like his insulting me” “I don’t feel ...
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The chances of you getting a good job are greater than (my chances) of graduating high school. — grammaticality [duplicate]

The chances of you getting a good job are greater than me graduating high school. The chances of you getting a good job are greater than my chances of graduating high school. Are both the ...
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Why did they write “reason behind HIM getting married” instead of “reason behind HIS getting married”? [duplicate]

I read the following sentence in a magazine: Amitabh Bachchan's Zanjeer's success was the reason behind him getting married to Jaya. I am confused about why "behind him getting married," not "...

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