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1) He might pocket something in my room without me noticing.
2) He might pocket something in my room and I might not notice.
3) He might pocket something in my room and I not notice.
Which of the above are grammatical?
Which are idiomatic?
In Sentence (1), "me" should be "my", "noticing" being a gerund.
Sometimes such constructions can take the ordinary accusative, but only
when the focus is on the noun, in which case the "-ing" word is a
4) This is a picture of my diving off the high board.
5) This is a picture of me diving off the high board.
In (4), the focus of the sentence is on the diving; in (5), it is on the
diver. Thus does English, rightly used, allow many subtle
differentiations. (Clearly (1) is focussed on the noticing.)
Both (3) and (4) seem to me both grammatical and idiomatic; (4) is a more
elegant casting of the thought.