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    Should "we want to have happen" be "we want to have happened?"

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    B.C.’s health minister is apologizing for surgery delays that contributed to an Okanagan teenager being left paralyzed from the waist down.

    “I am most sincerely sorry not only for this family but for any family that waits this long,” said Health Minister Dr. Margaret MacDiarmid.

    “When I look around the province I see really, an excellent health-care system but I know that from time to time, we do let people down and of course that’s not what we want to have happen.”

    A report by the B.C. Patient Care Quality Review Board says the Provincial Health Services Authority failed two Okanagan teens who desperately needed spinal surgery.

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    Re: Should "we want to have happen" be "we want to have happened?"

    It should either be "we want to happen" or "we want to have happening", since this is an ongoing concern.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Re: Should "we want to have happen" be "we want to have happened?"

    Quote Originally Posted by Grumpy View Post
    It should either be "we want to happen" or "we want to have happening", since this is an ongoing concern.
    Or "... not what we would have wanted to happen".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Should "we want to have happen" be "we want to have happened?"

    Quote Originally Posted by NewHopeR View Post
    “When I look around the province I see really, an excellent health-care system but I know that from time to time, we do let people down and of course that’s not what we want to have happen.”.
    I see nothing wrong with this. There are 56 similar examples in COCA.

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