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    Cool I have a fever

    Hello!

    Is "a" necessary here, please?:

    "I have a fever".

    Thank you

    Will

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    Re: I have a fever

    Not a teacher, nor a native.

    The OALD says that 'fever' can be both countable and uncountable in the meaning of a medical condition in which a person has a temperature that is higer than normal.
    But there is no example where it is uncountable.
    The collocations section gives a few more examples:

    to have a high temperature (BrE)
    to have a fever (AmE)


    So I guess the indefinite article can't be leave out here.

    Let's see what teachers say.

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    Re: I have a fever

    The indefinite article is necessary with "fever". The use (or non-use) of the article with medical conditions is one of those things that just has to be learnt, as you can see from the following list:

    I have a fever.
    I have a cold.
    I have [the] flu.
    I have [the] mumps.
    I have German measles.
    I have chicken pox.
    I have tonsilitis.
    I have laryngitis.
    I have a headache.
    I have earache.
    I have backache.

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    Re: I have a fever

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    The indefinite article is necessary with "fever". The use (or non-use) of the article with medical conditions is one of those things that just has to be learnt, as you can see from the following list:

    I have a fever.
    I have a cold.
    I have [the] flu. AmE: I have the flu.
    I have [the] mumps.
    I have German measles. AmE: Also, I have [the] measles. (to my best recollection)
    I have chicken pox. AmE: Same, but chickenpox is one word.
    I have tonsilitis.
    I have laryngitis.
    I have a headache.
    I have earache. AmE: I have an earache.
    I have backache. AmE: I have a backache.
    [not a teacher]

    I also think the article is dropped when used as a symptom, such as, "The patient may present with mumps, headache, fever, and flu-like symptoms."

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