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Why does “flu” get “the”, while “cold” gets “a”? It appears that you never say “a flu”.
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"The Flu" refers to a specific disease, which is Influenza.
"A Cold" refers to one of a group of diseases which cause coughing, runny noses, etc. They are all "colds"; if you have one, you don't have "the cold" (the one and only Cold) you just have "a cold".
January 21, 2004 @ 2:34PM
Ah, but why do you have "the" disease at all? You don't get a cholera or the cholera. Just cholera.
October 30, 2004 @ 8:48AM
jeremiah.Then why don't you say, "the Influenza"?Also, Influenza is also a goup of diseases.
October 13, 2005 @ 1:11PM
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