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07 / 03 / 2005

TO BE COLD: meaning and examples

Good morning. I hope you had a good weekend. Last week we reviewed the expression to have a cold, meaning to be ill with a cough or congested nose, usually in winter. In that expression the word cold is used as a noun. We can also use this word as an adjective with the verb BE, but the meaning changes. Today's expression is: to be cold It means: to have or to feel a temperature that is lower than normal; the opposite of hot. Example 1: My feet are always cold, especially in winter. Maybe I have poor circulation. Example 2: Yuck! This coffee is cold. I can't drink it. Example 3: It is quite cold in this room. Can we turn on the heating or close the window? It's important not to translate the Spanish expression "tener frio" literally as "to have cold" (INCORRECT). The correct way to say this in English is to be cold. If you have any questions about this expression, please don't hesitate to contact me. Have a great day and try to stay warm!


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