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  1. Lenka's Avatar

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    having an affair

    He is having an affair with her.

    => is it possible to replace the "present participle" (is it called like this?) (actually, the present continuos) with present simple tense?
    He has an affair with her.

    Why is present continuous used in thw first sentence?

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    Re: having an affair

    I suppose you use a present continuous because an affair is somehow considered a temporary situation

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    Re: having an affair

    Yes, I agree. The very word, affair, somehow implies it will end rather sooner than later.

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    Re: having an affair

    Depends a little bit on the context but basically you can...

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