Let's say I am a student and at this very moment I am being taught math and someone is calling me and asks what are you doing. Is correct to say the following?

I am having math class.

And by the way is there any difference in meaning between have math class and have a math class. If there isn't, then which one is more common?

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    I am having [or I'm in] amath class. Idiomatically I think most people would include the article there, but it's not essential. We'd usually use the continuous form am having as a reply to What are you doing now?, but if the question had been "future-based" (for example, What are you doing after your lunch break?) we'd probably just use Simple Present (referencing a future activity currently planned for / expected). Commented Feb 3, 2020 at 14:43
  • My experience is that in most cases, the person will say "I'm in [a] math class", rather than "I'm having...". The use of "have" seems to be more common when discussing it as an event rather than what one is/will be doing - "I have math at 11:00." or "I had Thermogoddamics last semester, and if I never have it again, it will be exactly twenty minutes too soon." Commented Feb 3, 2020 at 15:00

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"I am having math class" says that you are presently participating in that math class. "I have math class" says that math class is something you will do in the future.

  • In your experience have you often heard people (native English speakers) say "I am having math class"? Commented Feb 3, 2020 at 15:32
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    If we are saying that they are in math class already, I normally hear people say "I am in math class."
    – Daosof
    Commented Feb 3, 2020 at 15:35

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