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    Having + for?

    Hello!

    I was not having Internet for a while but now I have Internet.
    This sentence could already be correct, but I'm not sure how to say this:

    I was not having Internet for a while(,) but now I'm having Internet for 1 week.
    I was not having Internet for a while(,) but now I have Internet for a week.

    Which is correct?
    (And what about the comma?)

    Thanks for help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hello!

    I was not having Internet for a while but now I have Internet.
    This sentence could already be correct, but I'm not sure how to say this:

    I was not having Internet for a while(,) but now I'm having Internet for 1 week.
    I was not having Internet for a while(,) but now I have Internet for a week.

    Which is correct?
    (And what about the comma?)

    Thanks for help!

    Greets
    It's not right to say "I was not having Internet" because "have" used for possession is a stative verb. Stative verbs do not take a progressive form (there are exceptions, as some verbs that we classify as stative have more than one use or sense).

    Saying "I didn't have the Internet for while", of course, means that you didn't have an Internet connection for a while. It's better to use "the: definite article" here.

    Here's the correct way to say what you want to say:

    I didn't have an Internet connection for a while, but now I do.

    You could also say it this way:

    I didn't have the Internet for a while, but now I do.

    Instead of saying "but now I have the Internet" again, it's more natural and usual to simply say "but now I do" instead of repeating the same information in one sentence.

    If you have any follow-up questions, I'll be glad to answer them.



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    Re: Having + for?

    That seems to be the best advice possible here. Although, if he really wants to mention the "Internet" twice, in this sentence, he should exchange the second one with "it". Which sounds (and looks) way better.

    I didn't have an Internet connection for a while, but I have it (again) for a week now.

    By the way, could he also put it as:

    I had no Internet connection for a while, but...

    ?

    May be a simpler construction, though the meaning should be identical.



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    Re: Having + for?

    Quote Originally Posted by LeMoyne View Post
    That seems to be the best advice possible here. Although, if he really wants to mention the "Internet" twice, in this sentence, he should exchange the second one with "it". Which sounds (and looks) way better.

    I didn't have an Internet connection for a while, but I have it (again) for a week now.

    By the way, could he also put it as:

    I had no Internet connection for a while, but...

    ?

    May be a simpler construction, though the meaning should be identical.



    LeMoyne
    Good point -- I agree. However, I would use the present perfect in the second clause: "but now I've had it for a week". The present perfect really is necessary if one says "for a week". In this case, it would be better to leave out "again". Using "again" makes it sound like the speaker's Internet connection comes and goes from time to time, or has come and gone from time to time.


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    Re: Having + for?

    Thanks for your quick and nice replies!

    Yes, I agree it is not necessary to repeat the Internet.
    So, it seems the full sentence should be something like this:

    I didn't have an Internet connection for a while, but now I do (it) for a week.

    I didn't have the Internet for a while, but now I do (it) for a week.

    ?

    Would be nice if you could say again something to it.

    Edit
    Or maybe ... but now I do have it for a week ?

    Greets
    Last edited by Nightmare85; 01-Aug-2009 at 02:09.

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    Re: Having + for?

    Quote Originally Posted by LeMoyne View Post
    That seems to be the best advice possible here. Although, if he really wants to mention the "Internet" twice, in this sentence, he should exchange the second one with "it". Which sounds (and looks) way better.

    I didn't have an Internet connection for a while, but I have it (again) for a week now.

    By the way, could he also put it as:

    I had no Internet connection for a while, but...

    ?

    May be a simpler construction, though the meaning should be identical.



    LeMoyne
    Sorry, but I agree with the first part of this answer but not the second.

    It should be "I didn't have an internet connection for a while, but I've had it again for a week now."

    You started to receive the internet connection again in the past (a week ago) and still have it, so "I have had" is appropriate.

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    Re: Having + for?

    I'm not sure if there is a misunderstanding.
    I mean I have the Internet from now on 1 week.
    It starts now and it will be for 1 week.
    After this week I will not have Internet anymore.

    Greets

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    Re: Having + for?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    I'm not sure if there is a misunderstanding.
    I mean I have the Internet from now on 1 week.
    It starts now and it will be for 1 week.
    After this week I will not have Internet anymore.

    Greets
    I have an internet connection for the coming week.

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    Re: Having + for?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I have an internet connection for the coming week.
    Ah, yes I think most of us misunderstood.

    "I haven't had/didn't have the internet for a while, but I'll have it for a week from now."

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    Re: Having + for?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    I'm not sure if there is a misunderstanding.
    I mean I have the Internet from now on 1 week.
    It starts now and it will be for 1 week.
    After this week I will not have Internet anymore.

    Greets
    That's how to say it.
    • I have internet only for this week. After that, I won't have a connection.

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