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    to have a crush

    Be so kind and tell what is the difference between the two sentences by using the present progressive form.
    My daughter is having a crush on her chemistry teacher.
    My daughter has a crush on her chemistry teacher.

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    Re: to have a crush

    #2 is more natural.

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    Re: to have a crush

    Thanks. But that doesn't answer my question. What would the progressive form express in this case?

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    Re: to have a crush

    I would conclude that the writer was not a native English-speaker.

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    Re: to have a crush

    In other words #1 is wrong and the progressive form is unappropiate here.
    You just understand what I mean but the form of my sentence is incorrect.

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    Re: to have a crush

    We understand what you mean but the continuous/progressive is used far more extensively in Indian English than in any other variant. I would assume the speaker was either a native Indian English speaker or not an English speaker at all.

    We do use it but for things that are much more short-lived:

    I'm having a heart attack.
    He's having his dinner.
    She's having a snack.

    For things that are less temporary or are permanent (or repetitive), we use the present simple.

    I have a cat.
    He has a dog.
    She has a crush on her teacher.
    They have English lessons all week.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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