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to have problems to /-ing

Unread post by yelmax » Fri Nov 13, 2009 10:32 pm

Hello everyone,
I have these two sentences:
1. I´m having problems flying to NYC
2. I´m having problems to fly to NYC
I´ve been told that the first one is right and the second one is wrong but... Isnt´t there a difference in meaning between them?
1. During the flight
2. Before the flight
Thank you very much in advance for your help

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Re: to have problems to /-ing

Unread post by katejs » Sun Nov 15, 2009 7:24 am

No, the second one is just wrong - we never say '..having problems +infinitive'. You need a gerund after 'having problems', even if you also use a preposition .

"I'm having problems flying to NY" suggests a problem before the flight, eg having problems buying a ticket or having problems finding a suitable route.

For problems during the flight you would say "I'm having problems while flying to NY."

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