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Paceman Rubel Hossain was also recalled to the side after an injury-plagued season, as was left-arm spinner Taijul Islam having last played an ODI against New Zealand in the World Cup last year. ( this sentence is collected from an Australian cricket website)

I think it could be correct too if I write -

Paceman Rubel Hossain was also recalled to the side after an injury-plagued season, as was left-arm spinner Taijul Islam to have last played an ODI against New Zealand in the World Cup last year.

If both are correct, then what's the problem with the following sentence of my last post which is wrong according to a commenter?

Jones is the latest player having signed with Barcelona.

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No, "to have last played" is not a participial phrase but an infinitive phrase, and it cannot modify a verb phrase, as participle phrase can.

John, having played 90 minutes without rest, was winded.

John, to have played 90 minutes without rest, was winded.ungrammatical

John was winded, having played 90 minutes without rest.

John was winded, to have played 90 minutes without rest.ungrammatical

You ask:

what's the problem with the following sentence of my last post which is wrong according to a commenter?

Jones is the latest player having signed with Barcelona.

The correct form is

Jones is the latest player to have signed with Barcelona.

So what is the difference between the following sentences?

John was winded, to have played 90 minutes without rest.ungrammatical

Jones is the latest player to have signed with Barcelona.grammatical

The difference lies in the type of adjective phrase.

Jones is the player to have signed with Barcelona. ungrammatical

Jones is the {first, latest, third, tenth, only} player to have signed with Barcelona. grammatical

Jones is the least|most skilled player to have signed with Barcelona. grammatical

Jones is the skilled player to have signed with Barcelona. ungrammatical (unless there's some context which establishes two players, one of them skilled, the other unskilled, so that "the skilled player" refers to one of them)

  • then my first sentence is wrong? Does it need a comma before (having) - Paceman Rubel Hossain was also recalled to the side after an injury-plagued season, as was left-arm spinner Taijul Islam, having last played an ODI against New Zealand in the World Cup last year. – dz420 Sep 25 '16 at 0:08
  • please ans this. – dz420 Sep 25 '16 at 9:08

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