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    Default cold

    Dear Teachers

    1, I wonder if there is any difference beteween (1) and (2).

    (1), I have a cold.
    (2), I have had a cold.

    2, which is natural?

    (1), Please excuse Mary from gym class today. She has a cold.
    (2), Please excuse Mary from gym class today. She has had a cold.

    Thank you in advance.

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    Default Re: cold

    1- You still have a cold
    2- You have recovered

    With Mary, I see no real reason to excuse her if she has had a cold, unless she is still a bit weak, so the first sounds better.
    Last edited by Tdol; 06-Jan-2005 at 02:17. Reason: typo

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