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    Re: feeling cold

    Maybe if it's winter and it's too cold to be outside, walking to class.

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    Re: feeling cold

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    What do you see as the difference in those two?

    Also, I repeat -- were you ill with a cold or bothered by the cold temperature? Not going to classes because you are feeling cold (bothered by the temperature) is not a common reason to miss class. On the other hand, not going because you had a bad cold would make more sense.

    Well I am just keen to know if the sentence is grammatically correct or not and not that whether it is a good reason to miss class or not.
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    "What do you see as the difference in those two?"
    This was the clarification that i gave in response to TDol who wrote that it should be written as"I couldn't go to college in the morning as I was feeling cold."

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    Re: feeling cold

    Quote Originally Posted by keen learner View Post
    Well I am just keen to know if the sentence is grammatically correct or not and not that whether it is a good reason to miss class or not.
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    "What do you see as the difference in those two?"
    This was the clarification that I gave in response to TDol who wrote that it should be written as "I couldn't go to college in the morning as I was feeling cold."
    Even though you're not bothered about whether it's a good reason or not, I would prefer your sentence to read:

    I didn't go to college in the morning because I was cold.

    I would use "I didn't" because you chose not to go. "I couldn't" suggests that you were physically incapable of going to college. I don't think that's true - it can't have been that cold!

    I would use "I was cold" simply because it's more common (in BrE) than "I was feeling cold".

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    Re: feeling cold

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Okay, then what you wrote is fine. Is it common to skip classes because of cold temperatures?
    As India is a tropical country we r used to hot temperatures but if once in a while it becomes really cold which may be pleasantly cool for you in the USA one loves to play hooky and miss class.

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    Re: feeling cold

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Even though you're not bothered about whether it's a good reason or not, I would prefer your sentence to read:

    I didn't go to college in the morning because I was cold.

    I would use "I didn't" because you chose not to go. "I couldn't" suggests that you were physically incapable of going to college. I don't think that's true - it can't have been that cold!

    I would use "I was cold" simply because it's more common (in BrE) than "I was feeling cold".
    Is "I was feeling cold."otherwise grammatically correct?

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    Re: feeling cold

    Quote Originally Posted by keen learner View Post
    Is "I was feeling cold."otherwise grammatically correct?
    It's OK, it's just that "feeling" is redundant.

    I was hot.
    I am cold.
    I was a bit hot.
    I'm very cold.

    Personally, I would rarely use "I'm feeling..." with hot/cold/tired/happy/sad etc.

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    Re: feeling cold

    Quote Originally Posted by keen learner View Post
    I mean that I found the the temperature too cold.
    Barb. No ill feelings ...sorry if you thought it was rude... i just took this sentence as an example and wanted to know if it was grammatically correct.

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    Re: feeling cold

    Quote Originally Posted by keen learner View Post
    Barb. No ill feelings ...sorry if you thought it was rude... i just took this sentence as an example and wanted to know if it was grammatically correct.
    That's fine, but because it is such an uncommon reason, I wanted to make sure that you were not trying to say something else -- namely, that you were ill with a cold.

    Also, as ems pointed out, couldn't means you were prevented from going to class, while didn't suggests it was a choice. I also thought that if you were really prevented from doing so, illness was more likely.

    Many times, posters are grammatically correct, but end up with a meaning they didn't intend. In this case, if you HAD meant you were ill, your meaning was not coming through. As it turns out, your intended meaning was exactly how it read.

    I had a cold, I caught a cold, I was sick with a cold, I was feeling ill, etc -- those are things I would have recommended IF that was what you had meant to say. (But you didn't, so you can file that away if you need to write something another time about being too ill to go to class.)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: feeling cold

    I mean that I found the the temperature too cold.
    Will you use this as an excuse to stay off work when you get a job?

    Rover

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