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    go down or come down with flu

    Hello (and happy new year). My little baby has come down with a cold and a flu. I wonder if that sentence is correct or the verb should be "go down".

    I've tried, as per your advice, to search similar topics but I'm not able to do that. Where do you write what you need to search ? I can see only a space on top of this page (to the right) but it says "google search". Is that the correct one ?
    Thank you for your patience. Bye bye for now

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    #2

    Re: go down or come down with flu

    In AmE you would say ...come down with a cold and the flu. That's grammatically and idiomatically correct. Medically, your baby has one or the other, not both.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: go down or come down with flu

    We come down with a cold or we come down with the flu.

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    #4

    Re: go down or come down with flu

    In BrE, we get flu or come down with flu (no article needed). I am aware that "the flu" is correct in AmE. "A flu" is not correct in any variant.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: go down or come down with flu

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    In BrE, we get flu or come down with flu (no article needed). I am aware that "the flu" is correct in AmE. "A flu" is not correct in any variant.
    It's odd that flu takes the definite article in AmE. Lots of conditions and illnesses used to take it, but somehow only the flu has retained it.
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    Re: go down or come down with flu

    Gone down would also work for me in BrE.

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    Re: go down or come down with flu

    Quote Originally Posted by Annister View Post
    Hello, and Happy New Year.
    Happy New Year to you too.

    Quote Originally Posted by Annister View Post
    My little baby has come down with a cold and a or (the) flu. I wonder if that sentence is correct, or should the verb should be "go down"?
    See replies above.

    Quote Originally Posted by Annister View Post
    I've tried, as per your advice, to search for similar topics, but I'm not able to do that. Where do you write type what you need to search for? I can see only a space search box on near the top of this page (to the right), but it says "Google Custom Search". Is that the correct one?
    Yes, that's the one.

    Quote Originally Posted by Annister View Post
    Thank you for your patience. Bye bye for now
    You're welcome, and I hope your baby gets better soon.

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    #8

    Re: go down or come down with flu

    I think I get it now, thanks you all especially for the corrections. So it's basically "come down" with A cold or with flu ("the" is added in AmE), right?
    I'll use the search box before posting, now that I know that's the correct one.
    My baby is better by the way, no fever today. You are very kind to ask
    Last edited by teechar; 18-Jan-2017 at 17:00. Reason: removed space before question mark

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    #9

    Re: go down or come down with flu

    Quote Originally Posted by Annister View Post
    So it's basically "come down" with A cold or with flu ("the" is added in AmE), right?

    Right; "the flu" is acceptable in other varieties of English too.

    Quote Originally Posted by Annister View Post
    My baby is better by the way, no fever today.
    Great!

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    #10

    Re: go down or come down with flu

    Quote Originally Posted by Annister View Post
    My baby is better by the way, no fever today.
    That is more important than the definite article.

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