See that the patient _________ complete rest

Options given are:

A. having
B. will have
C. has
D. will be having

The given answer is "has".

I think has is used as the main verb here. Can we use has/have as a main verb apart from the meaning of possession?

Also, why is the fourth option (will be having) not the answer?

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    The best one is "has". "Have" is generally stative. That is why may be. As for the usage of "have" other than the meaning of possession: 'he had his hair cut', 'can you have him complete the homework?'. Jul 25, 2021 at 13:00
  • Man_From_India, I agree. One could use "will have", but more typical would be "will get" or "gets", when "has" is not used. But off the top of my head I cannot answer WHY "will be having" is not a proper construction.
    – Mark G B
    Jul 25, 2021 at 14:53
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    "Will be having" does not fit "see that". "See that" means (You) see (to it) that... It is a command and as see is in the present tense, so must be what the commanded person is going to do. Plus, "will be having" is passive, which doesn't fit the imperative and active voice of the rest of the sentence. Jul 25, 2021 at 20:59
  • @FeliniusRex How is "will be having" passive? It is clearly Future continuous...
    – fev
    Aug 6, 2021 at 21:47
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    @jbn: There is the idiom to have a/some/complete rest, so this has nothing to do with the verb to "have" used to show possession.
    – fev
    Aug 6, 2021 at 21:52

1 Answer 1


The construction

See that X happens

is a command to someone to make sure X does happen. The natural follow on is has since we have an idiom to have a rest or to have a good night's sleep. It has nothing to do with possession. It would be possible to substitute will have for has.

A posible use case for will be having might be

The patient will be having a complete rest when the ward round starts.

The continuous will be having is interrupted by some other event.

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