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 Post subject: Possessive case: An outdated rule?
PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2003 6:36 pm 
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I liked his dancing, or I liked him dancing?
They took exception to Smith's wearing the hat, or to Smith wearing the hat? <p>I see the "him" and "Smith" so much now that I wonder if this is a lost battle and I should set down the sword. Anyone still fighting the good fight? Pros, cons?


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 Post subject: Re: Possessive case: An outdated rule?
PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2003 6:58 pm 
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They mean different things. I wouldn't hesitate to question this, although i'd have to know which the writer meant before changing it.


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 Post subject: Re: Possessive case: An outdated rule?
PostPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2003 11:31 am 
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Wayne's right; the meanings are different. Our stylebook is clear that we should use the gerund where appropriate.


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