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    Is having-gerund or verb

    I read the following sentence in the Times of India:"For him, acting is just a job and success to him is having a good night's sleep after a long day." What part of speech 'having' belongs to in the sentence and please help me to understand the subtle differences of the grammar. Can 'is having ' be replaced with ' to have' and would that change the meaning of the sentence?
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    Re: Is having-gerund or verb

    'Having' in that sentence is a gerund.

    Some dictionaries define 'gerund' as a noun. I prefer to think of it as a form of the verb that has some of the characteristics of a noun. It's not really important.

    ps. Please use a larger font in future posts. We oldies have problems with small print.

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    Re: Is having-gerund or verb

    Quote Originally Posted by jigneshbharati View Post
    I read the following sentence in the Times of India: (space required here) "For him, acting is just a job and success to him is having a good night's sleep after a long day." What part of speech does 'having' belongs belong to in the sentence? and Please help me to understand the subtle differences of the grammar. Can 'is having' be replaced with 'to have' and would that change the meaning of the sentence?
    See my changes above. Note that I enlarged the font in post #1. Remember that small fonts make posts difficult to read, both for those using smartphones and for older people whose eyesight might not be as good as it used to be!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Is having-gerund or verb

    Quote Originally Posted by jigneshbharati View Post
    Can 'is having ' be replaced with ' to have'?
    I think it can be replaced with 'is to have'.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Is having-gerund or verb

    It can.

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