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    #1

    Everyone knows how it feels to have a cold.

    Everyone knows how it feels to have a cold. When we have a cold, we may lose our sense of smell, unable to tell one odor from another. We usually get our sense of smell back as soon as the cold is gone.

    (from an English textbook for junior high school students in China, published by Shanghai Jiao Tong University Press)

    The first sentence looks strange to me. I wonder if itís a correct one.

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    #2

    Re: Everyone knows how it feels to have a cold.

    It's awkward at best.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: Everyone knows how it feels to have a cold.

    Thanks, GoesStation.

    I wonder if you mean that sentence is correct.

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    #4

    Re: Everyone knows how it feels to have a cold.

    It sounds perfectly fine to me.

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    #5

    Re: Everyone knows how it feels to have a cold.

    Sorry! The first sentence is fine. It's the second that's awkward.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #6

    Re: Everyone knows how it feels to have a cold.

    If you lose your sense of smell, your problem is not differentiating between odours but that you can't smell anything at all.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #7

    Re: Everyone knows how it feels to have a cold.

    Thanks, teachers.

    I wonder if I could also say Everyone knows how it feels when you have a cold. I mean if this is a correct sentence and has the same meaning as Everyone knows how it feels to have a cold.
    Unfortunately, I am unable to use the "Thanks" and "Like" buttons. I appreciate all of your help.

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    #8

    Re: Everyone knows how it feels to have a cold.

    You could use Everyone knows what it feels like to have a cold.

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