having / having had [a sex change]

Allegro molto

Senior Member
Japanese
Hello

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)
http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/blogs/the-pugilist/tyson-forced-deny-sex-change-claims-112050314.html

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

Thank you
 
  • dreamlike

    Senior Member
    Polish
    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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