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I am sending someone a message, and I started with this:

Good day. I hope you are having some rest and relaxing at the end of the year.

is it correct to use the -ing in the relaxing word?

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  • (Informal) Hi Marco. I hope you are having a relaxing time throughout the festive holidays. (Formal) Dear Mr Dinatsoli. I hope you are... Unless you are from Australia, I wouldn't start any message with, 'Good day.' And even then, not!
    – Joe Dark
    Dec 28, 2014 at 16:05

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You need the noun, which is relaxation. So this would be grammatical.

I hope you are having some rest and relaxation.

Ways you can use relaxing grammatically:

The cat is relaxing.

The relaxing cat is over there.

The holiday was relaxing.

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Yes.

Here is the same situation in a shorter sentence:

I hope you are relaxing.

The meaning is the same as:

I hope that you are relaxing.

You are relaxing is a subordinate clause, with relax in the present progressive tense.


In the original sentence, notice that relaxing is not an object of having. It would not make sense to say:

I hope you are having some relaxing.

so, a reader just won't interpret the sentence that way. That's not a problem.


However, having some rest isn't the ordinary way to say this concept. It's grammatical and it's not wrong, but normally one says getting some rest. So a more ordinary-sounding way to say it would be:

I hope you are getting some rest and relaxing at the end of the year.

The phrase rest and relaxation is even more familiar. Making both r- words into nouns, both objects of getting, sounds pleasing to the ear. So, a nicer way to say it is:

I hope you are getting some rest and relaxation at the end of the year.

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I think the use of "relaxing" is unnecessary in the sentence, as to rest and to relax are synonyms. You can say I hope you are having/taking some rest or relaxing at the end of the year.

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