The Free Dictionary  
mailing list For webmasters
Welcome Guest Forum Search | Active Topics | Members

Cold Options
D00M
Posted: Thursday, December 7, 2017 8:22:08 AM

Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 3/24/2017
Posts: 1,607
Neurons: 7,645
Hello respected teachers,

You'll catch cold in the open.
You'll catch a cold in the open.

Are both the above correct?

The custom of speaking is the original and only just standard of any language. Joseph Priestly- Rudiments of EG, 1761.
pjharvey
Posted: Thursday, December 7, 2017 9:45:15 AM
Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 4/13/2012
Posts: 908
Neurons: 58,270
I think that only the second sentence is correct: you catch a cold, but you are / feel cold (cold in the sense of low air temperature isn't something you can catch).
Romany
Posted: Thursday, December 7, 2017 11:02:25 AM
Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 6/14/2009
Posts: 14,543
Neurons: 45,420
Location: Brighton, England, United Kingdom

Yes, both are fine. Some people use "a"; some don't.
Wilmar (USA)
Posted: Thursday, December 7, 2017 2:27:52 PM

Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 6/4/2015
Posts: 1,314
Neurons: 493,346
Location: Vinton, Iowa, United States
It's very common to hear either wording; meaning is exactly the same.
Users browsing this topic
Guest


Forum Jump
You cannot post new topics in this forum.
You cannot reply to topics in this forum.
You cannot delete your posts in this forum.
You cannot edit your posts in this forum.
You cannot create polls in this forum.
You cannot vote in polls in this forum.

Main Forum RSS : RSS
Forum Terms and Guidelines | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2008-2018 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.