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    have had/had been having a headache

    I have had / have been having a severe headache for the past one week now.

    I remember reading that for an illness, we should use 'have had a headache', but a friend of mine told me that 'have been having a headache' is fine if we are referring to a series of headaches.

    Is she correct?

    Many thanks.
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    Re: have had/had been having a headache

    have had - you no longer have it now.
    have been having - you've been having it for some time and you are still having it

    hope it helps

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    Re: have had/had been having a headache

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    I have had / have been having a severe headache for the past one week now.

    I remember reading that for an illness, we should use 'have had a headache', but a friend of mine told me that 'have been having a headache' is fine if we are referring to a series of headaches.

    Is she correct?

    Many thanks.
    I have had a severe headache. (now I feel better.)__present perfect tense.
    I have been having (suffering from) a severe headache for one week week.
    (Even now I am suffering from that headache)___present perfect continuous tense.
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