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    #1

    to have or having

    Everyone seems really happy to have / having him back. (He has already come back.)

    Which one should I use, to have or having, and why?

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    #2

    Re: to have or having

    I would use 'to have', a to-infinitive.
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    #3

    Re: to have or having

    If you change the word order, it would be possible to use "having".

    Having him back made everyone happy.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: to have or having

    Thank you. But why is that? Grammatical or simply conventional?

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    #5

    Re: to have or having

    Everyone seems really happy having him back.
    I think "having him back" implies something on-going, which does not suit the context. It is a one-off happening.
    The gerund works in other contexts but not this.
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    #6

    Re: to have or having

    I think 'having' is a present participle rather than a gerund in the above post.

    Quote Originally Posted by Laudator View Post
    Thank you. But why is that? Grammatical or simply conventional?
    I consider 'adjective + to + gerund' ungrammatical with some exceptions like 'be accustomed/used to doing something'.
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    #7

    Re: to have or having

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I think 'having' is a present participle rather than a gerund in the above post.


    I consider 'adjective + to + gerund' ungrammatical with some exceptions like 'be accustomed/used to doing something'.
    Yeah, I know. What I meant was to replace "to have" as a whole by "having", not simply "have". tedmc has already answered my question, but thank you anyway.

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    #8

    Re: to have or having

    OK, that was a participle.
    "Everyone seems really happy working." - looks fine to me.
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