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  1. Member
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    have an allergy to VS be allergic to

    An American acquaintance of mine said that the sentence
    Sorry, I have an allergy to cats.
    sounds too formal and should be replaced with
    Sorry, I am allergic to cats.
    Is she right?

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    Re: have an allergy to VS be allergic to

    I'm not sure it's a question of formality but the second version is certainly more natural and common in BrE.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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