which one is grammatically right here have or are having or having

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How should I write : Many students have part time jobs in the summer or Many students are having part time jobs in the summer

asked Jun 15 '13 at 05:47 Lilit New member

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"Many students have part time jobs in summer." implies a universal truth. Something that happens every year in summer.

"Many students are having part time jobs in summer." implies that the students are having part time jobs only this summer.

link answered Jun 15 '13 at 07:03 Scarlet Darwin Contributor

I agree with Scarlet's answer.

Anil Kumar SrivastavaJun 15 '13 at 10:40

thanks Mr.Anil

Scarlet DarwinJun 15 '13 at 16:09

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I'm not sure I agree with Scarlet. To the American English ear, "are having part time jobs in the summer" sounds awkward.  While "are having fun in the summer" is acceptable (and the distinction between have fun and having fun follows Scarlet's distinction), "are having a job" is not generally heard (at least in America). Here, you have a job.

link comment answered Jun 15 '13 at 15:02 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow
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RE: Scarlet's answer: Add "the" after "in" the former and substitute "this" for "in" in the latter. Problem solved.

 

I'm seeing considerable sophomoric disagreement over minor differences in the quirks of our language between the UK and US participants. Just last evening/this morning a UK participant with an impressive Facebook resume took the time to go back to many of my answers and down-check them out of spite from an imagined insult in a post of mine.

 

One would think he has better things to do with his time – as do I. I would suggest we just point these differences out and move on, lest we confuse those who take their time to ask questions of us – especially our ESL participants who may not understand this implied rancor (I, too, am guilty).

 

There are several participants, such as Jeff, Patty, Lewis and others who have been giving advice in Grammarly much longer than I or many new members. It is the newer members who seem to be the more sensitive. I have seen other websites destroyed from within as they become better known and these competitions become out of hand. Most of this is caused by the point systems in place and our natural inclination to be No. 1. IMHO it would serve these visitors better if we could ignore the points (and barbs) and just give good grammatical advice. Past answers excluded, I will follow my own advice from now on. I can only hope others will concur.  

link edited Jun 16 '13 at 04:20 Brother Dave Contributor

Because English has many variants, I often make reference to either US or UK English, not to imply that one is right, but to alert the reader that my answer may not be universally correct. I am a Californian, so my answers come from that perspective. But I also recognize that what sounds odd to a California may seem natural to someone in India.

Jeff PribylJun 16 '13 at 18:21

Jeff, here's a perfect example that demonstrates my point (above). The sentence in question passed the Grammar Checker with no problem. Even if it hadn't, the tone and content used by the commenter is not (IMHO) within the spirit of helping that we promote on Grammarly, but instead is a gnarly (you said you are from Cali ;<), mean-spirited attack - and his first-ever response or communication of any type with me or a post of mine. It really caught me by surprise, as he was a new member at the time - even newer than I: http://www.grammarly.com/answers/questions/16697-can-you-helpy-in-rendering-this-sentence-more-clear/#answer_22165 Brother DaveJun 20 '13 at 16:09

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