the world's premier FREE website for learners + teachers of English

to have problems to /-ing

Questions from teachers about English grammar and usage

Moderator: Susan

Posts: 3
Joined: Fri Nov 13, 2009 10:15 pm
Status: Teacher

to have problems to /-ing

Unread postby 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

Posts: 2
Joined: Sat Nov 14, 2009 6:33 pm
Status: New Teacher

Re: to have problems to /-ing

Unread postby 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."

Return to “Grammar and Usage”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Exabot [Bot], Yahoo [Bot] and 1 guest