English Lesson: “Have” in the progressive

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I am having a great week and a good start to the New Year. I had some really nice lessons so far with my students here in NYC and I’m looking forward to the rest of my classes this week. I had a few days last week, because many people were on vacation. So I had a good rest. I am really having fun these days with Happy English.

Sometimes the word have can be used in the progressive form, and sometimes it can’t. Do you know the rules? Take a look at the paragraph above and then check today’s lesson:

When have is used to talk about sickness,  ownership, or possession, then it is not used in the progressive form:

  • I have a dog named Happy. Not, I am having a dog named Happy.
  • I had some really nice lessons this week
  • Do you have a camera?
  • I have a slight cold.

When have is used to talk about experience, then you can use it in the progressive form if you are talking about something you are experiencing at or near the time you are speaking (Ex #1 & 2). Use the simple present form of have when you talk about experiences that repeat (Ex #3). Use the simple past to talk about experiences that happened in the past (Ex #4).

  1. I am having a great week and a good start to the New Year.
  2. I am really having fun these days with Happy English.
  3. I always have fun when I teach an English class.
  4. I had fun at the party last weekend.

Some common expressions that use have to talk about experience are:

  • (have a nice time) Jane said she is having a nice time in Miami.
  • (have fun) Eddie had fun at the concert.
  • (have a blast) Steve had a blast at his sister’s wedding.
  • (have a good time) Did you have a good time last night?
  • (have a problem) Joe said he is having a problem with his cat.

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