My teacher said, that "have" in refer to a possession never works with "ing".
But now, I found this sentence:
Concorde, the world's fastest passanger plane, was developed by France and Britain together. In the 1950's, both countries dreamed of having a supersonic plane.
In this sentence "having" refers to a possession . Or did I misunderstand it?
Would you please explain me, why there is used "having"?
Thanks in advance,
You're right that it is for possession here, but it is a gerund, used after a preposition. What you're teacher meant was that it isn't used as a main verb for possession:
I am having (main verb) a supersonic plane. (wrong)
Having (gerund) a supersonic plane was a dream for them. (fine)
As a verb, or when it refers to an action, 'have' doesn't take -ing, but as a noun, or when it refers to a thing, 'have' takes -ing.
Originally Posted by Dany
EX: . . . dreamed (verb) of (preposition) having (object/noun/gerund)
Words that end in -ing that function as objects of the verb or as objects of a preposition are called gerunds. Gerunds are nouns; they refer to a thing, and they look like verbs because they end in -ing.
Thank you very much for your explanations
And to you too.
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