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Reply to "have children playing"

@deepcosmos posted:

Thanks for your nice solution - “It's lovely to experience children('s) playing in the garden again.“, which, I think, means, "Children are playing in the garden again, and it's lovely to experience that event or situation.”



Yes, deepcosmos, that is the meaning, both of the paraphrase and of the original.

@deepcosmos posted:


While I also considered that paraphrasing, I thought such a construction with gerund could not distinguish the sentence with simple bare infinitive form - “It's lovely to have children play in the garden again.“ from the original one.

And then, under the paraphrasing with ‘experience’ in the place of ‘have object do/doing’, is there no other way to distinguish above two construction due to the attribute of the verb – ‘experience’?



One of the reasons English has so many constructions is that each one tends to be special in some way and not one-hundred-percent replaceable by another.

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