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    use of the word 'having'

    I am having a headache.
    I having problems with my computer.

    In both these sentences the word 'having' is used in the sense of 'experiencing'.
    Are these sentences correct?

    Thanks

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    #2

    Re: use of the word 'having'

    You would say "I have a headache" rather than "I am having a headache." It's the same with any health problems:
    "I have a sore throat."
    "I have a broken nose."
    "I have a cold."
    "I have a bad cough."

    The second sentence is fine though.

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    Re: use of the word 'having'

    I'm With Stupid Re: use of the word 'having'
    Thanks.
    But if you interpret "having" in the sense of "experiencing" in this sentence i.e. "I am having(experiencing) a headache now."
    Would it then be correct?


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    Re: use of the word 'having'

    Not for a headache, no. It's always "I have a headache." You're right that stuff you're experiencing would usually be the ing form ("I'm having a heart attack"), whereas states you're in would be the basic form. But things like headaches, colds, flu, injuries, etc, come in the states category, rather than the experiences category.

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    #5

    Re: use of the word 'having'

    The second sentence is not correct. I AM having problems........

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    #6

    Re: use of the word 'having'

    Indian speakers of English often use the -ing form, even with verbs that don't actually have a Present Continuous form. Sounds great!

    'I am knowing that.' Is this a direct translation from Hindi into English?

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    #7

    Re: use of the word 'having'

    ***Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.***

    Don't use having if its meaning is owning.
    I'm having a good time. (experiencing)
    I'm having a computer. (owning)
    I'm having a bath. (you're cleaning yourself/you take a shower etc.)

    I'm having a car. (owning)

    Cheers!

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    #8

    Re: use of the word 'having'

    In Singapore, India and many other locations I've been to, "I'm having a headache" is very common, and correct. It sounds a bit odd here in Toronto, but my wife says it all the time.

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    Re: use of the word 'having'

    A bit like: 'I don't want to go to work, so if anyone asks, I'm having a headache today.'

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