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    #1

    Having / to have

    Hi there!

    I typed the following sentence in my Microsoft word and the automatic correction highlighted the sentence.


    Having a good command of comparison means that the student can use superlative and comparative forms correctly.


    Then I replaced 'having' with 'to have' and the software accepted the sentence. I need to know why 'having' in the beginning of the sentence is considered a mistake, while 'to have' isn't.

    Regards,
    Tito

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    Re: Having / to have

    Quote Originally Posted by TitoBr View Post
    Having a good command of comparison
    It is a gerund phrase acting as a subject, which should not be a mistake.

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    #3

    Re: Having / to have

    Don't take word processor grammar checks too seriously- they are not very subtle and follow simple rules that are often inaccurate when dealing with actual usage.

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    Re: Having / to have

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Don't take word processor grammar checks too seriously- they are not very subtle and follow simple rules that are often inaccurate when dealing with actual usage.
    So, both verb forms would be right?

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    #5

    Re: Having / to have

    I agree that both the gerund and infinitive form of the verb can be used.

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    #6

    Re: Having / to have

    I think both are not verbs because 'having' as a gerund is a noun and 'to have' acts as a noun.

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