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    i have colds?

    is I have colds correct?

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    #2

    Re: i have colds?

    [AmE - not a teacher]

    In the US, if you are sick with a viral infectious disease of the upper respiratory system which affects primarily the nose, you say

    I have a cold.

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    #3

    Re: i have colds?

    Quote Originally Posted by marose View Post
    Is "I have colds correct"?
    Welcome to the forums, marose. No, I'm afraid not. It's "I have a cold".

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    #4

    Re: i have colds?

    (But you can 'Have the hots for somebody' - but that's nothing to do with physical health...)

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    #5

    Re: i have colds?

    While I don't disagree with any of the comments about viral infections, and the way we express them, above, I wonder if the OP in fact was trying to say simply "I am cold."?

    I don't know much about Tagalog but I know that speakers often have issues with omitting or using incorrectly the Eng verb "to be", and that many languages use "to have" with words like cold/hunger/thirst etc.

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    Re: i have colds?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tullia View Post
    While I don't disagree with any of the comments about viral infections, and the way we express them, above, I wonder if the OP in fact was trying to say simply "I am cold."?

    I don't know much about Tagalog but I know that speakers often have issues with omitting or using incorrectly the Eng verb "to be", and that many languages use "to have" with words like cold/hunger/thirst etc.
    Yes, that's possible. I don't know Tagalog either, but it's certainly true that French uses "to have". Incidentally, in Irish Gaelic they say "there is cold/hunger/thirst on me".

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    Re: i have colds?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Incidentally, in Irish Gaelic they say "there is cold/hunger/thirst on me".
    Really? That's awesome, it's really evocative and makes you look at it in a different way, doesn't it?

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    Re: i have colds?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tullia View Post
    That's awesome.
    Is this expression common in BrE? It's like super common here in the US. (I use it all the time, I'm not disparaging anyone or thing )

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    Re: i have colds?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobSmith View Post
    Is this expression common in BrE? It's like super common here in the US. (I use it all the time, I'm not
    disparaging anyone or thing )
    We're going a tad off-topic, but yes it's pretty common here, although primarily among the younger generations I think - and I'm clinging to being able to define myself as "among the younger generations" by the skin of my teeth!

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    Re: i have colds?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tullia View Post
    Really? That's awesome, it's really evocative and makes you look at it in a different way, doesn't it?
    Yes, it does. The Irish language is quite poetic.

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