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D00M
Posted: Saturday, May 13, 2017 12:45:50 PM

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Hello respected teachers,

Being carried on his father's shoulders made it possible for him to see the parade.

His being carried on his father's shoulders made it possible for him to see the parade.

Are both correct? What's the difference so?
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Posted: Saturday, May 13, 2017 1:32:20 PM

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D00M wrote:
Hello respected teachers,

Being carried on his father's shoulders made it possible for him to see the parade.

His being carried on his father's shoulders made it possible for him to see the parade.

Are both correct? What's the difference so?


Hello, D00M.

Both are correct and imply exactly the same thing.

It's not necessary to use the explicit subject "His" in the second example since it is already implied in the "to-infinitive phrase": "for him".

So, you could either say:

His Being carried on his father's shoulders made it possible for him to see the parade.

In this case, you would have to take out the subject "His" from the "gerund phrase" since it is already implied later.

Or:

His being carried on his father's shoulders made it possible for him to see the parade.


In this case, you would have to take out the subject "For him" from the "to-infinitive phrase" since it is already implied in the Gerund Phrase.

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Posted: Saturday, May 13, 2017 2:54:29 PM

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Thank you very much for your clear and complete answer.
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