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    "Having so many commercial failures...

    Hello everyone. I have a question in regards to the use of the gerund in this sentence:

    "Having so many commercial failures has led the group of musicians to question their confidence."

    I wanted to know if it is correct as I often see gerunds that are usually accompanied with 'is', but rarely 'has'.

    Any form of feedback would be much appreciated. Thank you.
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    Re: "Having so many commercial failures...

    Is and has are correct.
    Can you provide a sentence that uses "are"?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: "Having so many commercial failures...

    Oh, I apologize. That was a typo. Let me edit my post.

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    Re: "Having so many commercial failures...

    Gerund subjects can be used with any verb. The verb in your example was actually 'has led', a present perfect form of the verb 'lead'.

    Here are a few more examples to illustrate the point.

    Loving you never felt so right.
    Buying a house will bring them closer together.
    Flying a plane makes him happy.

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    Re: "Having so many commercial failures...

    Something(gerund) has led to something - that is a common expression.

    Loving you never felt so right.

    Shouldn't there be a "has" after "you"?
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: "Having so many commercial failures...

    Not for the simple past.

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