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is it possible to use the form "having + past tense" as a subject in a sentence? For example, is it grammatically correct to say:

Having applied at the right time resulted in getting an admission.

Is having applied considered the subject in this sentence? My gut feeling tells me this sentence is correct, but I would like to be 100% sure. Thank you for help.

Best regrads, Kate

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    It is correct. However, it would be the same to say "Applying at the right time resulted in ..." – Gustavson Apr 7 '20 at 18:58
  • Gustavson, thank you! Does it mean that "Applying at the right time resulted in ... " sounds more natural than what I wrote in my question? – Kate Apr 7 '20 at 19:00
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    The perfect form "having" + past participle emphasizes the sense of anteriority and should be used, in my opinion, only where strictly necessary. If there is immediacy or quasi-immediacy, the simple form V-ing is sufficient. – Gustavson Apr 7 '20 at 19:04
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Having applied at the right time resulted in getting admission.

This is the correct answer. Just a small mistake was there, you were using "an" before admission.

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  • How is 'an admission' a mistake? 'Having applied' doesn't differ much from 'Applying' in this case. – Ram Pillai Sep 5 '20 at 6:02

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