Verb: to have/having something

Dear teachers,

I have felt really unconfortable when I saw the verb “to have” has its -ing form in the sense of possession. In fact, I have been taught differently that the verb cannot have its -ing form in the sense of possession unless “have” as in phrasal verbs such as “to have breakfast/dinner”, “to have a shower”,…, and the like.

Could anyone explain me why I’ve seen a lot on the internet where people keep saying/writing something like: I am having plans/I am having dificulty…

Is that way gramatically correct?


“Are you having any problems, ma’am?”

Is it possessive too?

I am having plans/I am having difficulty…

Just a more lazy way of saying," I am going to have plans / difficulty." Yet another misconception of English folk always being naturally,grammatically correct.

If it sounds right, then it must be right. Another misconception.

When you say “I’m having plans/difficulty” you are not talking about possessions. You don’t ‘possess’ difficulties, plans or other abstract things.[YSaerTTEW443543]

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Hi Anna,

Just to add - ‘have’ can have many meanings. ‘Having difficulties’ suggests ‘experiencing difficulties’.