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    #1

    having to do

    Hi guys,

    We say "you are doing it" or "you have to do it" but can we say "you are having to do it" ? If it is correct sentence, what does it mean?

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    #2

    Re: having to do

    The first two are fine. The last is just (arguably...) acceptable in very rare circumstances to express the idea that someone is currently under an obligation to 'do it'. Don't use it.

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    #3

    Re: having to do

    "Since you have taken on the work, you are having to do it."
    Is it acceptable?

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    #4

    Re: having to do

    I would end that sentence with "you have to do it".

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    #5

    Re: having to do

    "Since you have taken on the work, you are having to do it."
    Is it acceptable?
    As Bob said: 'It's just (arguably) acceptable.'

    Don't use it.

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    #6

    Re: having to do

    Note that the present continuous is used much more frequently in Indian English than in any other variant.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #7

    Re: having to do

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    As Bob said: 'It's just (arguably) acceptable.'

    Don't use it.
    Perhaps I was being over-permissive*. I'd never use it.

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    PS * It's just that in this forum whenever anyone says 'You just can't use it' some clever-Dick often thinks up an extreme and improbable context for just those words.
    Last edited by BobK; 18-Apr-2014 at 15:58. Reason: Aded PS

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    #8

    Re: having to do

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    some clever-Dick often thinks up an extreme and improbable context for just those words.
    Any examples?

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    #9

    Re: having to do

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Note that the present continuous is used much more frequently in Indian English than in any other variant.
    I can definitely hear an Indian speaker using it but I still don't know whether to mark it dialect or incorrect. Even when in India and attempting to speak Indian English, I would never use it.

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    #10

    Re: having to do

    I've found this one: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/...c-appearances/
    It's "I'm having to ...", though.

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