Avoid him getting wet


Senior Member
Hello everybody

I want to describe this picture:
Can we say:
The man is holding the umbrella above his son's head to avoid him getting wet.
Is this phrase acceptable and correct in English?

Thank you.
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    Senior Member
    American English
    I think you might hear that, but it would be better as "... to keep him from getting wet."

    I think he would have to avoid getting wet on his own: "He used an umbrella to avoid getting wet."


    Senior Member
    English - England
    I would prefer his getting wet. "Getting wet" is a noun phrase. Avoid requires an object and an object must be a noun, a noun phrase or a pronoun.

    "I had to stop quickly to avoid his car."
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