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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".
Ah, but why do you have "the" disease at all? You don't get a cholera or the cholera. Just cholera.
jeremiah.Then why don't you say, "the Influenza"?Also, Influenza is also a goup of diseases.
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