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    Smile usage of Have

    I have a small doubt in usage of have and having.
    When do we use have and having?

    When we ask somebody
    “Do you have a key with you”
    they replies
    “Yah I have a key”

    But one of my friend asked me “I am having a problem with internet connection, can you come and repair it in the evening?

    Please help me to find the difference with examples

    Thanks in advance
    ggee

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    Re: usage of Have

    Here are some examples of BE + having:

    having coffee
    having a baby
    having a party
    having dinner
    having a drink
    having something done for someone
    having a bad day

    Hopefully more people will write in with additional examples.

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    Re: usage of Have

    Quote Originally Posted by sureshfina View Post
    I have a small doubt in usage of have and having.
    When do we use have and having?

    When we ask somebody
    “Do you have a key with you”
    they replies
    “Yah I have a key”

    But one of my friend asked me “I am having a problem with internet connection, can you come and repair it in the evening?

    Please help me to find the difference with examples

    Thanks in advance
    ggee
    I'd put it like this - when have has got something to do with action (in place of an action verb), you can use the progressive; when it comes to a state, you can't use the progressive with have.

    I have stomachache. (not I'm having stomachache.)
    I'm having dinner. (= I am eating dinner.)
    I have a shower in my bathroom. (not I'm having a shower....)
    I'm having a shower. (= I'm taking a shower.)
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    Smile Re: usage of Have

    having something done for someone!!!

    could you provide some examples for this?

    thanks a lot

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    Re: usage of Have

    Having something done for someone:

    Ex: I'm having a key made for you.

    Meaning, I have asked someone to make a key for you.

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