having / having had [a sex change]

Allegro molto

Senior Member

Mike Tyson has denied reports that he has undergone 16 hour sex change surgery and would now be known as Michelle.
Several online African newspapers appropriated a spoof story about the former heavyweight boxing champion having a sex change at face value.
(from Tyson forced to deny sex change claims)

Instead of the 'having a sex change', is 'having had a sex change' wrong in this context?

Thank you
  • dreamlike

    Senior Member
    HI AM,

    to me, it's nothing but a matter of style. For some inexplicable reason, I like "having a sex change" better, but "having had" strikes me as more precise (and a wee bit more formal).
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