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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.
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.
I agree that both the gerund and infinitive form of the verb can be used.
not a teacher
I think both are not verbs because 'having' as a gerund is a noun and 'to have' acts as a noun.
Not a teacher.