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  • Hey guys, it's Shane from English Understood here.

  • I got a question the other day from a student who said, 'How do I use the word "having"?'

  • And this is a really good question because most people know how to use the word 'have'.

  • For example, 'I have a jumper" or 'I have a phone.'

  • But we don't really say 'I'm having a phone' or 'I'm having a jumper'.

  • So, how do we use 'having'?

  • One of the main uses of 'having' is when we make something happen or cause something to happen.

  • For example, 'I'm having my house painted.'

  • Who's painting the house? Me or someone else?

  • Someone else.

  • What if I say 'I'm having my brother go and pick up the parcel from the post office'?

  • Who's doing it? Me or my brother?

  • My brother.

  • Another use of 'having' is to experience something.

  • So, for example, 'I'm having a great time at the beach right now.'

  • What am I talking about? Past, present or future?

  • The present.

  • Or another example could be, 'He wasn't having much luck at the casino.'

  • We are talking about his experience at the casino.

  • Another use of 'having' is to talk about certain things.

  • For example, if I say, 'What are you doing?', and you are eating dinner, you could say, 'I'm having dinner.'

  • This just means I'm eating dinner right now.

  • And another use of 'having' is to talk about parties.

  • For example, I could say, 'I'm having a party this weekend.'

  • What am I talking about? Past, present or future?

  • I'm talking about the future.

  • Who organised the party?

  • Me or someone else?

  • Probably me because I said 'I'm having a party.'

  • So, these are some of the main uses of 'having'.

  • They are not all of the uses of 'having', but they are the main ones.

Hey guys, it's Shane from English Understood here.

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How To Use 'Having' In English (English Vocabulary Lesson)

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