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?
Are we having to
Do we have to
Is she having
Does she have
"He just stepped out. __________________ a cigarette break."
I have to
I'm having to
"Yes, __________________ coffee at the Corner Cafe down the street."