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D00M
Posted: Thursday, December 07, 2017 8:22:08 AM

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Hello respected teachers,

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

Are both the above correct?

I am looking forward to your answers.
pjharvey
Posted: Thursday, December 07, 2017 9:45:15 AM
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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 07, 2017 11:02:25 AM
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Yes, both are fine. Some people use "a"; some don't.
Wilmar (USA)
Posted: Thursday, December 07, 2017 2:27:52 PM

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It's very common to hear either wording; meaning is exactly the same.
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