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    Default "have to" continuous passive

    Children are(were, will be) having to be placed in school.

    Could we use this continuous passive form of have to?

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    Default Re: "have to" continuous passive

    We could, but what do you mean by children having to be 'placed in school'?

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    Default Re: "have to" continuous passive

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    We could, but what do you mean by children having to be 'placed in school'?
    Having to be dropped

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    Default Re: "have to" continuous passive

    "Placed" and "dropped" don't mean the same thing. Can you explain what you are trying to say?
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    Default Re: "have to" continuous passive

    I have to drop children in school.

    I am having to drop children in school. - Active

    Childre are having to be dropped in school. - Passive

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    Default Re: "have to" continuous passive

    What do you mean by 'drop'?

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    Default Re: "have to" continuous passive

    Do you mean you take them to school?

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    Default Re: "have to" continuous passive

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Do you mean you take them to school?
    Yes

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    Default Re: "have to" continuous passive


    I am having to drop my children off at school (on my way to work).
    I am having to take my children to school (since my wife lost her driving licence).

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    Default Re: "have to" continuous passive

    My children have to be dropped off at school (because I won't let them walk there alone).

    The continuous doesn't really work in BrE in that context. "My children have to be" means "It is obligatory that" or "My children must be".

    You might hear "My children are having to be dropped off at school at the moment, while the local roadworks make it too busy for them to walk there".
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