Obj of Prep + Gerund
In another language forum in which I regularly participate, the following debate ensued:
I am envious of his getting rich. I am envious of him getting rich.
American English speakers argue that the second construction (him getting rich) is impossible, given the fact that if the noun object were NOT a gerund, the construction would not make sense.
I am envious of his success. I am envious of him success.
Our BE friend argued that “him getting rich” was indeed correct because the gerund construction compliments the direct object pronoun.
Anyone care to chime in?