I saw this question starts with 'How has becoming a pilot has enriched your life as a mother and wife?'. Could anyone please explain why the question phrase, how has becoming... - is grammatical correct?

Thanks a millions.

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  • "How has becoming a pilot has" is wrong. The second "has" shouldn't be there. Is that the source of your uncertainty?
    – Green Grasso Holm
    Mar 16, 2018 at 16:18
  • My main source of concern is How has becoming because I did not know becoming takes gerund form. Is it correct if I write "How has selling cakes made you financially stable?".
    – Kinston AG
    Mar 16, 2018 at 23:58

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Becoming a pilot is a gerund, also called gerund participle, and is the subject of your example sentence, just like exercise here:

How has daily exercise enriched your life as a wife and mother?

What isn't grammatical is the insertion of an additional has:

How has becoming a pilot has enriched your life as a mother and wife?

I have also reversed mother and wife because the order of those gender roles is virtually fixed in English.

  • Correct me if I am wrong. So, how has becoming (gerund) a pilot structure is the perfect tense indicating a change in a person's life whose career is a pilot? Thanks.
    – Kinston AG
    Mar 17, 2018 at 0:05
  • A gerund can have two tenses. I f you want past, it's having become a pilot. Is that what you were trying to do with the extra has?
    – KarlG
    Mar 17, 2018 at 2:54

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