What's the correct phrase?


She wants to marry a guy with brains.


She wants to marry a guy having brains.


With brain used to indicate the manner or attitude of the person doing something that shows that he has a good thinking

Having brain means the person own a brain.

She wants to marry a guy having brains is ungrammatical. It should be

She wants to marry a guy that has a brain

Regardless, this sentence doesn't make sense because everyone has a brain.


'With brains' is more like an adjective, describing a trait for an individual, like saying 'a guy with a limp' or 'a guy with a big nose'.

'Having brains' is much less commonly used, and is usually a more general description of someone's behavior, like 'people who have enough brains to drive carefully'.

  • I still didn't get it. Which one is used to show intelligence? – Ardis Ell Sep 1 '16 at 13:45
  • They both can be used to mean a person with intelligence, but they are used in different circumstances or different frequencies. – eques Sep 1 '16 at 13:53

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