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    jiang is offline Key Member
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    Default continuous tense

    Dear teachers,

    Please read the sentence:

    They were laughing and shouting at him and he was shouting back and having as good a time as they were.

    To me the complete sentence should be:

    They were laughing and shouting at him and he was shouting back and was having as good a time as they were having a good time. Is that right?

    If it is it means we can say:
    I am having a good time.
    My question is : Can have be used in continunous tense in this context?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Default Re: continuous tense

    They were laughing and shouting at him and he was shouting back and having as good a time as they were.

    To me the complete sentence should be:

    They were laughing and shouting at him and he was shouting back and was having as good a time as they were having a good time. Is that right?

    The words are ellipted in the original sentence to avoid repetition.

    If it is it means we can say:
    I am having a good time.
    My question is : Can have be used in continunous tense in this context?

    Have can be used continuously to refer to an experience

    I'm having a terrible day

    but not to refer to possesion

    Last year I was having a car (incorrect).

    I am not a teacher.

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