What part of speech is “having”

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the noun form of 'having' refers to an act or state of possessing something. It can also be used to refer to the act of consuming food or drink.

when using 'having' as a noun, it is usually preceded by an article or possessive pronoun (e.g. 'their having', 'the having'). It is also sometimes used with the possessive form of a noun (e.g. 'John’s having').

The having of so much money made her uneasy.

I enjoyed my friends’ having me as part of the group.

when 'having' is used as a noun, it is often preceded by a possessive pronoun or article. Also, when referring to the consumption of food or drink, the possessive form of the noun is often used instead of the article or possessive pronoun (e.g. 'John’s having dinner').


as the present participle of the verb 'have,' 'having' indicates the ongoing action or state of possessing, experiencing, or undergoing something.

used in continuous (progressive) tenses to indicate an ongoing action or state. Can be used as an auxiliary verb in perfect continuous tenses. Can also be used to introduce a participial phrase.

She is having lunch right now.

They are having a great time at the party.

Having finished his work, he decided to take a break.

'having' is often used in the context of activities or experiences, especially in the present continuous tense (e.g., 'having dinner,' 'having a bath'). In perfect continuous tenses, 'having' is paired with 'been' and another verb in its -ing form (e.g., 'She has been having headaches recently.'). A common mistake is using 'having' inappropriately in place of 'have' in simple tenses. For example, 'I having a car' is incorrect; it should be 'I have a car.'

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