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Could anyone help me to clear up my minor questions?
I would be really appreciated if you could clear it up.

I am kinda confused because of these sentences that suddenly came up in my mind.(I don't know why)

1 They seem not happy having me around.
2 They seem not happy to have me around.

3 She seems not happy to have a baby.
4 She seems not happy having a baby.

Are these sentences correct?
Would appreciate if you could explain me the difference of those sentences and
which part of the sentence should be corrected.

Many thanks for your help!

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    The first thing is "they seem not happy ..." is a little awkward.
    As a native speaker I would say either "they seem unhappy ...", or "they don't seem happy ...".

    "... having me around." and "... to have me around." both work for the present continous, while "... to have me around" also works for the simple present.
    I'd suggest "... to have me around." is more natural for both.

    There is a difference in the second example.
    Generally "she is having a baby" = "she is pregnant".


    She is unhappy to have a baby. = She is sad that she has a baby now.
    She is unhappy to be having a baby. = She is pregnant, but doesn't want to be.

    For the first sentance;
    They are unhappy to have me around.

    Hope this helps! :)


    Although I am not a native speaker I would say that it depends on the time reference. If you use -ing it means that it is already happening. Seems happy having a baby.= she already has a baby.
    Whereas seem happy to have a baby= she is expecting a baby but the baby is not yet with her.

    Hope to be helpful. But a native should confirm it.

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