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    cold/coldness

    which one is correct?

    i can't stand being in this coldness
    i can't stand being in this cold

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    Re: cold/coldness

    The second one is much more likely, although if you were talking about figurative coldness you would use the first.

    I can't stand being in this coldness - it's 3 days now since anyone spoke to me
    I can't stand being in this cold - it must be well below freezing.


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    Re: cold/coldness

    I can't stand being in the cold.
    I can't stand this cold weather.


    Coldness would normally be used to describe an 'atmosphere' If you found yourself in a place where you were unwelcome and the people around you lacked warmth in their response to your presence. There was an air of coldness. Then you might say I can't stand this coldness.

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