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    Question about 'coldness'

    Hi Teachers,
    According to this sentence, 'My grandmother always wears a heavy jacket because of the coldness of the winter'.

    Could these be explanations to the word 'coldness' in the previous sentence?
    Both of them?
    a. cold temperature
    b. low temperature

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: Question about 'coldness'

    Your sentence is very awkward, but to answer your question; a temperature is a number, and it can be high or low.
    You can also use an adjective to modify and further explain the noun temperature (cold temperatures, warm, hot, etc.).
    Your sentence, "My grandmother always wears a heavy jacket because of the cold temperature of the winter" is probably grammatical but its very unnatural. Would you like to try to rephrase it?

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    Re: Question about 'coldness'

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnParis View Post
    Your sentence is very awkward, but to answer your question; a temperature is a number, and it can be high or low.
    You can also use an adjective to modify and further explain the noun temperature (cold temperatures, warm, hot, etc.).
    Your sentence, "My grandmother always wears a heavy jacket because of the cold temperature of the winter" is probably grammatical but its very unnatural. Would you like to try to rephrase it?
    Hi John,
    Thank you very much for your reply.
    Well, the sentence,'My grandmother always wears a heavy jacket because of the coldness of the winter' is taken from a book.
    I already know that it is better to explain it with 'because of the low temperature of winter'.
    I just don't know how to rephrase it.
    Last edited by learning54; 11-Jan-2012 at 18:43.

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    Re: Question about 'coldness'

    In winter, my grandmother wears a heavy jacket to protect herself from the cold.

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    Re: Question about 'coldness'

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnParis View Post
    In winter, my grandmother wears a heavy jacket to protect herself from the cold.
    Hi John,
    Than you so much for your reply.
    But the sentence is 'My grandmother always wears a heavy jacket because of the cold / coldness of the winter.
    Students have to choose between the adjective (cold) or the noun (coldness). So these two words have to be in the sentence.
    Could it be like this?
    In winter, my grandmother wears a heavy jacket to protect herself from the cold / coldness.

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    Re: Question about 'coldness'

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnParis View Post
    In winter, my grandmother wears a heavy jacket to protect herself from the cold.
    Or "the winter cold."

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    Re: Question about 'coldness'

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Or "the winter cold."
    Hi,
    Thank you for your reply.
    In winter, my grandmother wears a heavy jacket to protect herself from the winter cold.
    What is 'cold' in this case? An adjective?

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    Re: Question about 'coldness'

    Quote Originally Posted by learning54 View Post
    Hi,
    Thank you for your reply.
    In winter, my grandmother wears a heavy jacket to protect herself from the winter cold.
    What is 'cold' in this case? An adjective?

    L54
    In that case, it's a noun. If it were summer, you would use the noun "heat" instead.

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    Re: Question about 'coldness'

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    In that case, it's a noun. If it were summer, you would use the noun "heat" instead.
    Hi,
    Thank you for your reply and additional information. So what is the difference between 'cold' and 'coldness'? Are both nouns depending on the part of the sentence that they're used?

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    Re: Question about 'coldness'

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Or "the winter cold."
    Right, but then winter would appear twice in the same sentence.

    In winter, my grandmother wears a heavy jacket to protect herself from the cold.
    My grandmother wears a heavy jacket to protect herself from the winter cold.
    (NOT "coldness")

    Both cold and coldness are nouns and their use depends upon context.
    An immediate coldness swept through the house once the heating was turned off.
    I have a cold.

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