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    cold

    Dear teachers.

    what's the difference between 1,2 and 3?

    1, What's wrong with your voice, do you have a cold?
    2, What's wrong with your voice, did you have a cold?
    3, What's wrong with your voice, did you get a cold?

    Have a nice day!

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    Re: cold

    1-- do you have a cold now?
    2-- did you have a cold before now?
    3-- did you catch a cold before now and have it now?

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    Smile Re: cold

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    1. What's wrong with your voice, do you have a cold?
    That's natural English, but when writing it use two sentences (or at least use a semicolon).
    2, What's wrong with your voice, did you have a cold?
    The did in the second clause puts that clause in the past tense. It clashes with the first clause. Better: "What's wrong with your voice. Are you getting over a cold?" (Using did puts the clause in the simple past, meaning that the cold could have happened at any time.)

    3, What's wrong with your voice, did you get a cold?
    Mr. Micawber's interpretation is possible, but the first sentence is a more natural way of saying that. (If a person has a cold now he naturally acquired it before now.)


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