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    has to vs. is having to

    His wife is away so he has / is having to look after himself.

    Is the progressive tense OK with 'have' in this sentence?
    Last edited by Clark; 17-Nov-2008 at 12:57.

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    #2

    Re: has to vs. is having to

    Has to is the correct form to be used.


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    Re: has to vs. is having to

    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    His wife is away so he has / is having to look after himself.

    Is the progressive tense OK with 'have' in this sentence?
    Yes, in fact the progressive tense form is better in this context.


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    Re: has to vs. is having to

    The 'has to' version would be appropriate if his wife had left him so that 'he has to cook his own meals now'.

    The use of the progressive form suggests a temporary state, with a definite ending to the action foreseen, which is more appropriate here because his wife is just 'away' for a while, and will return, marking the end of the action.

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