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    Default Have/have got/having a headache

    Hey everyone,

    which of them is OK meaning the present temporary moment?

    #1 I have a headache/problem.
    # 2 I have got a headache/problem.
    # 3 I'm having a headache/problem.

    Personally, Id use the last two as I believe the verb have in this context is not a state verb but a verb of experience, thus I d use the last one, or meaning I ve just got the headache using the last but one, but I definitely wouldnt use the first one, which for me would mean a permanent state.

    Thanks for patience...

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    Default Re: Have/have got/having a headache

    I'm having a headache does not sound like something a native English speaker would say. I'm having a problem is a perfectly natural and common expression.

    Native Englishspeakers here in America will say I have a ... I have (or I've) got a... or even I got a... interchangably with the exact same meaning.

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    Default Re: Have/have got/having a headache

    Quote Originally Posted by mykwyner View Post
    I'm having a headache does not sound like something a native English speaker would say. I'm having a problem is a perfectly natural and common expression.

    Native Englishspeakers here in America will say I have a ... I have (or I've) got a... or even I got a... interchangably with the exact same meaning.
    Frankly, I cant see a grammatical difference between having a problem/a headache (yet semantical difference is huge ). In both cases I would vote for have being a verb of experience thus able to be used in -ing form...

    So when we say: I have a headache. have = state verb
    but when we say Im having a problem. have = active verb?

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