I have been trying to untangle whether, in the following sentence, the apostrophe -s is necessary
"He complains about his feet ('s) hurting."
Apologies if the title isn't accurate or precise. I'm having trouble wording my concern exactly.
The "hurting" is not an action belonging to the feet, but is a state of being of the feet (like "smelling"). I have already introduced one possessive because the feet belong to him, but is what he "has" not the feet but the "feet hurting" which would obviate the need for a second possessive?
A parallel sentence MIGHT be "He complains about his soup's tasting funny." But there, I add in "funny" and I don't know if that (adjective?) changes anything.