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    #1

    The house having a big garden is Mary's.

    Hello, everyone.

    Please read the sentences below.

    1. The house which/that stands next to the post office is Mary's.
    2. The house standing next to the post office is Mary's.

    I think #1 and #2 are both correct.

    3. The house which/that has a big garden is Mary's.
    4. The house having a big garden is Mary's.
    5. The house with a big garden is Mary's.

    #3 and #5 are both correct in my opinion.
    However, I'm not really sure about 4. I think it is grammatical (I feel it's like #2), but I've never heard it used.
    Is #4 acceptable English?

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: The house having a big garden is Mary's.

    #4 is not natural.

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    #3

    Re: The house having a big garden is Mary's.

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    #4 is not natural.
    Thank you, 5jj.

    Would it be OK to tell my students that it (=#4) is grammatical but it is not natural?
    The problem is that they understand those constructions used in #1 and #2, and they often make sentences (like #4) in which "having..." functions as a postmodifier.

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