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There is a sentence I realy don't understand. " Similarly, if target customers don't have the habit of reading newspapers, having your advertisement printed on newspapers will surely be a waste of money." I realy don't understand what's the meaning of the "having" in the sentence? And if delate the "having" , Is the sentence still correct? I wish you help me.
Oct 23, 2016 7:35 AM
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Think of it like: "Having done that, I wasted my money". The "having" implies the action has been done. You could in theory drop the having from your sentence and it would still make sense.
October 23, 2016
I think in this context gerund phrase " Having your advertisement printed on newspapers " is the subject of the sentence, and it has the same meaning as " Asking your advertisement to be printed on newspapers" . If your drop "having " it may catch people's drift in spoken English, but not in written English. And the context mentioned above , in my mind , is written English.
October 23, 2016
OK . Thank you. Could you give me some examples for this phrase?
October 23, 2016
Having something done will be ...; Having the advertisement printed on papers will be a bad idea,because there is nobody reading papers anymore,especilly them target customers.
October 23, 2016
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