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    what is wrong in this sentense?

    what is wrong in this sentense and please suggest the right way to say:


    I am having two brothers.

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    Re: what is wrong in this sentense?

    We don't use continuous tenses to talk about states. Having two brothers is a state, not an activity.
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    #3

    Re: what is wrong in this sentense?

    Hi,

    I have two brothers.

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    Re: what is wrong in this sentense?

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    It is appropriate for a pregnant woman to say this construction, although 'brothers' would probably not be used. 'I am having two boys' would be fine in this situation.


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    #5

    Re: what is wrong in this sentense?

    I have tow brothers! it's ok?


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    Re: what is wrong in this sentense?

    Quote Originally Posted by danjean View Post
    I have tow brothers! it's ok?
    Yes. 'I have two brothers' is correct.

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    Re: what is wrong in this sentense?

    Quote Originally Posted by Linguist__ View Post
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    It is appropriate for a pregnant woman to say this construction, although 'brothers' would probably not be used. 'I am having two boys' would be fine in this situation.
    Also, the meaning of 'have' as 'deceive' (informal language) is possible - "I am having two brothers" in the sense "I am in the middle of the deceit of two brothers"/"I am a con-man and they are my 'marks'." But this, and the pregnant woman, would be unusual (mine more than theirs!).

    As mmasny says, 'We don't use continuous tenses to talk about states.' So, in the unlikely examples that Linguist_ and I have presented, the speaker is forcing the listener to understand 'have' in some figurative sense that has nothing to do with states. So, in 99.9999% of cases 'I am having two brothers" will be wrong.

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    Re: what is wrong in this sentense?

    Very hungry Hannibal Lecter could say it too.

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    #9

    Re: what is wrong in this sentense?

    Or a promiscuous person at the right time.

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