have vs having

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Batal
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have vs having

Post by Batal » Sun Dec 16, 2018 7:30 pm

What is the difference in the meaning of the following sentences?

- You smile a lot when you have a baby.

- You don't smile much when you're having a baby.

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Re: have vs having

Post by Joe » Sun Dec 23, 2018 3:17 am

Your confusion is caused by the two different meanings of "have" in this context:

1. to have [something] (verb): to own, to possess
2. to have [a baby] (verb): to give birth, to deliver a baby

- You smile a lot when you have a baby.
This is sense 1, a state, used in Present Simple tense.

- You don't smile much when you're having a baby.
This is sense 2, an action, used in Present Continuous tense
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