I have previously learnt Have + Verb ing is possible. I'd like to know if Ing is possible with other causative verbs.

Allow me to give examples:

Her mom lets her listening to music at the moment.

Her mom makes her mowing the lawn.

She gets her assistant to finding a solution for her at the moment.

If this is not possible, how could I say that something is happening at the current present time?

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    'Have someone doing something' is idiomatic, but it's not with 'Let', 'Make' or 'Get'. But "Let/Make/Have someone do something", "Get someone to do something", "Make/Have/Get something done by someone" --all these are idiomatic and meaningful. May 14 '20 at 12:13
  • It's not a matter of individual verbs alone. there are constructions like have NP Infinitive VP that have their own specific syntax and semantics. May 14 '20 at 21:26

In order to transform the OP's sentences into the present progressive tense, the so called causative verb must be in the progressive form: Subject + be + V+ing.

  • Her mum is letting her listen to some music at the moment.
  • Her mom is making her mow the lawn.
  • She's getting her assistant to look for (OR find a) the solution at this moment in time.

From Thought.co

A causative verb, which can be in any tense, is generally followed by an object and another verb form—often an infinitive or a participle—and are used to describe something that happens because of a person, place, or thing whose actions bring about change in another entity.

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