Have: Simple or Continuous?

Have - Simple or Continuous?

My family had a dog when I was a child.

Some words are never used in the continuous form.

For example: like, want, need, believe, know:

  • I’m knowing how to cook.
  • I know how to cook.

The word have is a special case. Sometimes it can be continuous, and sometimes it can’t.

Have for possession is never continuous

  • I’m having a car now.
    I have a car now.
  • Are you having a computer?
    Do you have a computer?
  • She’s having two brothers.
    She has two brothers.
  • Katie was having the flu last winter.
    Katie had the flu last winter.
  • We were having a dog 10 years ago.
    We had a dog 10 years ago.

Have in expressions can be continuous

  • Last night I was having a drink with my friends when I saw my ex-girlfriend.
  • Are you having a good time on vacation?
  • We’re having breakfast right now.
  • She’s having a baby in November.
  • They’re having a bad day.

Have: Simple or Continuous?

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Question 1
Darla ____________ three children - two boys and one girl.
A
has
B
is having
Question 2
____________ a great idea - let's throw a surprise birthday party for Kristin!
A
I have
B
I'm having
Question 3
When I was a child, I ______________ lots of toys.
A
had
B
was having
Question 4
_______________ brown hair or blonde hair?
A
Does she have
B
Is she having
Question 5
We ________________ enough time to finish watching the movie.
A
didn't have
B
weren't having
Question 6
Sorry, I can't give you a ride to work. _______________ pick up my brother from the airport in an hour.
A
I have to
B
I'm having to
Question 7
________________ attend the meeting, or is it optional?
A
Do we have to
B
Are we having to
Question 8
"Where's Edward?"

"He just stepped out. __________________ a cigarette break."

A
He's having
B
He has
Question 9
I __________________ a great dream when my alarm clock went off.
A
was having
B
had
Question 10
The manager _______________ a serious talk with the team in the conference room.
A
is having
B
has
Question 11
Can you call back later? ___________________ dinner.
A
We're having
B
We have
Question 12
I _____________ fun at the party - until I saw my ex-girlfriend.
A
was having
B
had
Question 13
Call a doctor! I think _______________ a heart attack!
A
he's having
B
he has
Question 14
"Have you seen Peter and Marlene?"

"Yes, __________________ coffee at the Corner Cafe down the street."

A
they're having
B
they have
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