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    Which one is more used in everyday English: She has a limp or She´s limping?

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    Re: to limp

    Both. To say she has a limp tells us that whenever she walks, she will of necessity limp. She has a condition that, at least at the present time, forces her to limp.

    To say she's limping simply observes that, as she walks now in my view, she is limping, for whatever reason. She may have a pebble in her shoe, or is simply affecting a limp for whatever reason. She does not necessarily have a lasting affliction.

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    Re: to limp

    I'm not a professional teacher, but I have been limping for the last 38 years or so, and I largely agree with jlinger's definitions.

    I would add that "to have a limp" suggests a permament condition (like mine), while "to limp" suggests a current state. So, as jlinger said, "she's limping" would likely be understood to mean "she's limping now, but at some future point she will not be limping", while "she has a limp" would be understood to mean "she always limps, her limp is a permanent and unchanging feature of her gait".

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