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    navi tasan is offline Key Member
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    Can one say:

    1-I am having to go there.
    instead of:
    2-I have to go there.

    (For emphasis, I suppose.)

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    MrPedantic is offline Moderator
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    Default Re: having to

    Hello Navi

    Yes, some native speakers do use the present progressive form, either for emphasis, as you say, or during the period of "having to" itself, as here:

    Ex. 1
    "What are you doing with MrQ's report? I thought it was finished."
    "It's full of grammatical mistakes. I'm having to go through it line by line and correct it."

    Unfortunately, some grammar books for ESL students ignore this usage, or present it as somehow ungrammatical.

    MrP

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