From a grammar book, I’ve have learned that a gerund clause can be
optionally preceded by a personal pronoun to show the logical
subject of the verb; that is, whoever is doing the gerund’s action.
I’ve also learned that a possessive personal pronoun is usually more acceptable here than a pronoun in another grammatical case like those used for subjects or objects of finite clauses.
With gerund clauses, there’a a certain structure that runs like this:
- It’s no use doing something.
in which doing something is the gerund clause and doing the gerund heading that clause.
My question is: Can we also add a possessive pronoun before doing in that particular structure? So for example like this:
- It’s no use his crying over lost love.
Does it sound completely normal to use the pronoun his there to say who’s doing that action?
If not, is there some other way of saying it that would be more common and natural-sounding to native speakers?