could you tell me if there is a mistake in this sentence:

"Thus, the colors of his numbers became, without his choosing it, the colors of events..[]"

I'm confused about the his choosing it. I feel like it would be more appropriate to use him instead.
If my feeling is wrong could you point me at a source where I could find more examples like this or some relative grammar materials (dictionaries or ESL sources would do too).

  • Search for “possessive with the gerund” in the search box. Either his or him is okay. Or recast: although he did not choose it.
    – Xanne
    May 9, 2020 at 22:46

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Both are fine. The possessive (his) is a bit more formal.

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