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The differences between HAVING... and WITH

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GetridofG Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts
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The differences between HAVING... and WITH

Post Sun Jun 07, 2015 2:31 pm
The intricate structure of the compound insect eye, having hundreds of miniature eyes called ommatidia, helps explain why scientists have assumed that they evoveld independently of the vertebrate eye.
Here, it seems better to use "with its hundreds of miniature eyes called ommatidia, helps explain why scientists have assumed that it".....
I want to know besides other grammatical errors, is there any preference to use HAVING... and WITH? Or how to differentiate when to use which?

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Post Tue Jun 09, 2015 5:09 am
kutlee wrote:
The intricate structure of the compound insect eye, having hundreds of miniature eyes called ommatidia, help explain why scientists have assumed that it evolved independently of the vertebrate eye.

Here Having seems to modify the intricate structure. Is this correct analysis?
Yes.
Generally, the agent of a COMMA + VERBing modifier is the NEAREST PRECEDING SUBJECT.
Here, the agent of COMMA + having seems to be the intricate structure -- the nearest preceding subject -- implying that the STRUCTURE is having hundreds of miniature eyes.
Since the intended meaning is that the COMPOUND EYE is composed of hundreds of miniature eyes, the COMMA + having modifier distorts the intended meaning.

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Post Mon Jun 08, 2015 6:52 am
The intricate structure of the compound insect eye, having hundreds of miniature eyes called ommatidia, help explain why scientists have assumed that it evolved independently of the vertebrate eye.

Here Having seems to modify the intricate structure. Is this correct analysis?

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Post Sun Jun 07, 2015 4:23 pm
Here is the full question for anyone interested. (Please always post the full question and source!)

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OG2105 #7
The intricate structure of the compound insect eye, having hundreds of miniature eyes called ommatidia, help explain why scientists have assumed that it evolved independently of the vertebrate eye.

A: having hundreds of miniature eyes called ommatidia, help explain why scientists have assumed that it
B: having hundreds of miniature eyes that are called ommatidia, helps explain why scientists have assumed that they
C: with its hundreds of miniature eyes that are called ommatidia, helps explain scientists’ assuming that they
D: with its hundreds of miniature eyes called ommatidia, help explain scientists’ assuming that it
E: with its hundreds of miniature eyes called ommatidia, helps explain why scientists have assumed that it

OA is E
Your question is about when to use HAVING generally speaking. To put it simply: almost never! HAVING and BEING, when they show up in answer choices, are almost always wrong! Native English speakers tend to overuse these words, perhaps in an attempt to make their language sound more flowery. Grammatically, though, they should only be used when the ACT OF HAVING or the ACT OF BEING is the topic.

Here are some of the few correct usages:

HAVING too many friends can be a burden.
HAVING more cars than I can use, I don't mind lending them to friends.
<- even this usage is doubtful. It's better to say "since I have..."

If you want a quick general rule: HAVING as a modifier is almost always wrong, so it's probably a better bet to quickly cross it off than worry if you have a rare case when it's being used correctly.

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