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TetYana Valema
Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 9:42:53 PM

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Is it correct to say: 1) I am having a terrible headache; 2) I am having a problem with my car engine right now?
FounDit
Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 10:19:17 PM

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TetYana Valema wrote:
Is it correct to say: 1) I am having a terrible headache; 2) I am having a problem with my car engine right now?


Yes, it is. Both describe what you are experiencing at this time.

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zhonglc2020
Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 10:40:11 PM
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TetYana Valema wrote:
Is it correct to say: 1) I am having a terrible headache; 2) I am having a problem with my car engine right now?


The "have" here is different from the one as in "I have a pen", in which the "have" is a static verb and cannot be a progressive form.

(not a native)
palapaguy
Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 11:36:42 PM

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TetYana Valema wrote:
Is it correct to say: 1) I am having a terrible headache; 2) I am having a problem with my car engine right now?


Yes. Both are correct and quite common.
TetYana Valema
Posted: Thursday, August 15, 2019 2:07:08 PM

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Romany
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Sorry to come in at the end here - but "I am having a headache" is simply incorrect - if it is quite common as Palapaguy says, then I can only assume that means it's common amongst non-native speakers.

"Have" is possessive here - using the continuous is not proper English.

"I have a dream" - is the famous quote from Martin Luther King Jn. NOT "I am having a dream".
"I've (I have) no spare change." NOT "I am not having any spare change"
"I have cancer" NOT "I am having cancer."

"I am having a terrible headache" is NOT the correct way to say "I have a terrible headache."
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