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    Default To catch a cold. To have a cold.

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to confirm my allegation that there is a considerable difference between the meanings of the following at first sight similar phrases?

    To catch a cold.

    To have a cold.

    I think I have good reason to utter the stated above on the basis of the parsing of following sentence:

    “When I have a cold the person who is living with me will catch a cold also.”

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.

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    Default Re: To catch a cold. To have a cold.

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to confirm my allegation that there is a considerable difference between the meanings of the following at first sight similar phrases?

    To catch a cold.

    To have a cold.

    I think I have good reason to utter the stated above on the basis of the parsing of following sentence:

    “When I have a cold the person who is living with me will catch a cold also.”

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    In the sentence you give, yes, there is a difference. In some contexts though, they will mean more or less the same thing.

    I'm feeling rotten, I have a cold.
    I'm feeling rotten, I've caught a cold.

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