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@Except that said: “We were surprised that he was chosen as a headmaster.”

While this option is clearer, it's actually passive voice since "we" are the receivers of the action "surprised," rather than the doers.

There is nothing at all wrong with saying, “His being chosen as headmaster surprised us.” The gerund phrase, "being chosen," is the subject of the sentence, which is why the pronoun must be "his" instead of "him"; "his" is an adjective describing the subject.

mrshawke June 8, 2010, 4:55pm

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"This is hers" would mean that the item belongs to her, not "this is her."

mrshawke April 11, 2009, 6:42pm

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I don't think either of those terms requires capitalization, especially since we're talking about a Web site, on which these will likely be set apart stylistically with whatever style your links take. Capitalizing them seems distracting and unnecessary to me.

I'd really like to see the site. What will the address be?

mrshawke March 12, 2009, 2:25pm

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