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  1. vaibhavmaskar
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    be + having to

    1. I am having to do his work.

    2. I was having to do his work.

    3. I will be having to do his work.

    Is it ok to use these form in general speaking english?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vaibhavmaskar View Post
    1. I am having to do his work.

    2. I was having to do his work.

    3. I will be having to do his work.

    Is it OK to use these form in general speaking English?
    No. Use 1. I have to... 2. I had to... 3. I will have to...

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    On second thoughts 1 is possible.

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    It's time for one of my rare disagreements with what bhai says.

    The non-progressive form is nearly always correct, and is the safest choice for learners, but the progressive form is possible if the speaker wishes to draw attention to the limited duration of the obligation. There are 180 citations for the present and 140 for the past progressive forms in the British National Corpus.

    There are only five citations for 'will be having to'. We appear not to use this form much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    On second thoughts 1 is possible.
    Is it possible because "The present progressive tense is also used to talk about things that are planned for the future."(quoted from a grammar book)?

    Source: BASIC ENGLISH GRAMMAR for English Language Learners, Saddleback Educational Publishing.
    Last edited by Matthew Wai; 18-Mar-2014 at 20:10. Reason: The source is added as 5jj said below.

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    It's also possible for an ongoing present sitatuon of limited duration: My wife is away this week, so I'm having to pour my own beer.

    If you quote from a book, please cite your source, Matthew.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 18-Mar-2014 at 19:00.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    My wife is away this week, so i'm having to pour my own beer.

    Oh, the humanity! The humanity!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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