I've watched the movie "gone girl". However, I thought that how about "gone her". Then, I'm not sure that correct English expression "gone her".

There is the move title, "Despicable me". That word is constructed Adjective + Objective Pronouns. That means "gone her" is also constructed same with the above case. However, "gone" is kind a past adjective and doesn't not express a emotional feelings but expresses action or situation. I think Adjective + Objective pronouns case is a kind of limited expression.

Please answer me "gone her" is correct English expression.

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    No, it's not correct. The title, 'Gone Girl,' is a fragment and ambiguous (likely purposefully so). But regardless, there's no case where "gone her" is a valid expression.
    – jymt
    Nov 13, 2014 at 1:28

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I can't post comments yet, so I'm leaving an answer that would probably fit better as a comment.

Participles and gerunds are called nominal forms in some languages because they have such syntactical functions as nouns, adjectives and adverbs do. Compare

Hitchhiking is not allowed in the U.S.


Animals are not allowed inside.

for a present participle working as a subject, and

The boy was gone / The gone boy.


The boy ran away / The runaway boy.

for an adjective-like example.

In short, the gone girl is just as correct as the girl that is gone.

And finally, to answer your question, I think it would be correct should the word order be switched -- "I imagined her gone, heading somewhere east of here", though I'm not sure "I imagined a gone her, heading somewhere east of here" would be incorrect (though I lack the practical example I've seen similar constructions somewhere).

As I said, this would have been a much better comment than it is an answer, but I hope it helps!

  • This doesn't answer the question which is about gone her. Please edit it to address that question. Nov 13, 2014 at 1:30
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    I hadn't noticed the last paragraphs went missing -- copy-paste failure. Thanks for pointing it out.
    – gchiconi
    Nov 13, 2014 at 1:42

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