[Grammar] feeling cold

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I couldn't go to college as i was feeling cold in the morning.
Is it a correct sentence?
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i should be I and I would put in the morning after to college.
 

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In America, we would not use "go to college" to mean "go to class today."

"I did not go to college because I could not afford it."
 

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Do you mean you found the temperature too cold or that you were ill with a cold?
 

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In America, we would not use "go to college" to mean "go to class today."

"I did not go to college because I could not afford it."

Conversely, in BrE, that's exactly what we would do. We don't use "go to class".

I didn't go to school yesterday.
I didn't go to college on Tuesday.
I didn't go to uni on Thursday or Friday.
 

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We would say "go to school" too, but not at the university level.

Perhaps because so many people live on or near campus when at college/university, they are already AT college/university/school, so it's only the classes they didn't attend.
 

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Tdol Re: feeling cold
i should be I and I would put in the morning after to college.

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What I meant to say is:
I was feeling cold in the morning that is why I couldn't go to college
and not that
I couldn't go college in the morning as i was feeling cold.
 

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What I meant to say is:
I was feeling cold in the morning that is why I couldn't go to college
and not that
I couldn't go college in the morning as i was feeling cold.

What do you see as the difference in those two?

Also, I repeat -- were you ill with a cold or bothered by the cold temperature? Not going to classes because you are feeling cold (bothered by the temperature) is not a common reason to miss class. On the other hand, not going because you had a bad cold would make more sense.
 

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Okay, then what you wrote is fine. Is it common to skip classes because of cold temperatures?
 

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Maybe if it's winter and it's too cold to be outside, walking to class.
 

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What do you see as the difference in those two?

Also, I repeat -- were you ill with a cold or bothered by the cold temperature? Not going to classes because you are feeling cold (bothered by the temperature) is not a common reason to miss class. On the other hand, not going because you had a bad cold would make more sense.


Well I am just keen to know if the sentence is grammatically correct or not and not that whether it is a good reason to miss class or not.
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"What do you see as the difference in those two?"
This was the clarification that i gave in response to TDol who wrote that it should be written as"I couldn't go to college in the morning as I was feeling cold."
 

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Well I am just keen to know if the sentence is grammatically correct or not and not that whether it is a good reason to miss class or not.
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"What do you see as the difference in those two?"
This was the clarification that I gave in response to TDol who wrote that it should be written as "I couldn't go to college in the morning as I was feeling cold."

Even though you're not bothered about whether it's a good reason or not, I would prefer your sentence to read:

I didn't go to college in the morning because I was cold.

I would use "I didn't" because you chose not to go. "I couldn't" suggests that you were physically incapable of going to college. I don't think that's true - it can't have been that cold!

I would use "I was cold" simply because it's more common (in BrE) than "I was feeling cold".
 

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Okay, then what you wrote is fine. Is it common to skip classes because of cold temperatures?
:)As India is a tropical country we r used to hot temperatures but if once in a while it becomes really cold which may be pleasantly cool for you in the USA one loves to play hooky and miss class.
 

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Even though you're not bothered about whether it's a good reason or not, I would prefer your sentence to read:

I didn't go to college in the morning because I was cold.

I would use "I didn't" because you chose not to go. "I couldn't" suggests that you were physically incapable of going to college. I don't think that's true - it can't have been that cold!

I would use "I was cold" simply because it's more common (in BrE) than "I was feeling cold".
Is "I was feeling cold."otherwise grammatically correct?
 

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Is "I was feeling cold."otherwise grammatically correct?

It's OK, it's just that "feeling" is redundant.

I was hot.
I am cold.
I was a bit hot.
I'm very cold.

Personally, I would rarely use "I'm feeling..." with hot/cold/tired/happy/sad etc.
 

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Barb. No ill feelings ...sorry if you thought it was rude... i just took this sentence as an example and wanted to know if it was grammatically correct.

That's fine, but because it is such an uncommon reason, I wanted to make sure that you were not trying to say something else -- namely, that you were ill with a cold.

Also, as ems pointed out, couldn't means you were prevented from going to class, while didn't suggests it was a choice. I also thought that if you were really prevented from doing so, illness was more likely.

Many times, posters are grammatically correct, but end up with a meaning they didn't intend. In this case, if you HAD meant you were ill, your meaning was not coming through. As it turns out, your intended meaning was exactly how it read.

I had a cold, I caught a cold, I was sick with a cold, I was feeling ill, etc -- those are things I would have recommended IF that was what you had meant to say. (But you didn't, so you can file that away if you need to write something another time about being too ill to go to class.)
 

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I mean that I found the the temperature too cold.

Will you use this as an excuse to stay off work when you get a job?

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