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    Arrow present progressive - be having...

    Usually, 'have' in the present progressive is a taboo, but there is an exception. For example: I am having a nice time or a big breakfast now.

    My question is if it is also right to say "I am having a toothache."
    Context:
    Why are you holding your face like that? Are you having a toothache?


    Should I say "Do you have a toothache?" or "Are you having a toothache?"
    or both of them are OK.

    I thank you for your help.

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    Re: present progressive - be having...

    Quote Originally Posted by Tensers View Post
    Usually, 'have' in the present progressive is a taboo, but there is an exception. For example: I am having a nice time or a big breakfast now.

    My question is if it is also right to say "I am having a toothache."
    Context:
    Why are you holding your face like that? Are you having a toothache?


    Should I say "Do you have a toothache?" or "Are you having a toothache?"
    or both of them are OK.

    I thank you for your help.
    No, we don't use the present continuous (progressive) in this context. If you are in pain, we say:

    I have a headache.
    I have toothache.
    I have a stomach ache.
    I have a pain in my neck.

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    Re: present progressive - be having...

    But you might go to a doctor in between headaches (so that you couldn't truthfully say 'I have a headache') and say 'I've been having headaches for the last six weeks.' The meaning is 'At intervals during the past six weeks I have had a number of headaches.'

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