The rainy season is here! And so is the cold virus. So which is it: cold or colds? Do we say,  I have a cold” or “I have colds”?

The answer’s pretty simple: cold  is singular (referring to one incident or occurrence of a cold), while colds is plural (referring to more than one incident or occurrence of a cold).

So we’d say:

  • How do I get rid of my cold?
  • It’s not the flu, it’s just a cold.. He came down with a cold. (Merriam-Webster Learner’s Dictionary)
  • Symptoms of a cold can be felt about 1-4 days after catching a cold virus. (WebMD)


  • The increased incidence of colds during the cold season may be attributed to the fact that more people are indoors and close to each other. (OSU Medical Center)
  • The good news is you catch fewer colds the older you get. (Daily Mail)
  • Children suffer from around four to eight colds a year, but elderly people may only have one. (Daily Mail)
  • There are over 200 viruses that cause colds. (Seattle Children’s Hospital)


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2 thoughts on “Cold or colds

    • Hi, PLoyld. Usually, we use the word “cold” as opposed to “hot,” while we use “cool” as opposed to “warm.” I’ll explain this in more detail in another post. :)

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