This post deals with a typical use of the verb tener*.
See other practical examples of the use of tener
Imagine you are in the doctor's surgery. Whilst examining you, the doctor says: "do you have a cough?"
In Spanish, the doctor could choose to be less formal and say:
Alternatively, he/ she could choose to be more formal and say:
¿Tiene usted tos?
A straightforward yes/ no answer could be sufficient. But if you wanted to be more informative you could say:
- Sí, tengo tos (yes, I have a cough);
- Sí, tengo un poco de tos (yes, I have a little cough);
- Sí, tengo mucha tos (yes, I cough a lot);
- No, no tengo tos (no, I don't have a cough);
Now you should practise answering the question:
*See uses of verb tener below
*Verb Tener - Typical Uses/ Expressions
- Tener calorTo feel hotTener celosTo feel jealousy/ to be jealousTener cuidadoTo be carefulTener dolorTo feel pain/ to have an acheTener envidiaTo feel envy/ to be enviousTener fiebreTo be feverishTener fríoTo feel coldTener ganas de algoTo look forward to somethingTener hambreTo feel hungryTener la culpaTo be at faultTener miedoTo feel afraidTener pensadoTo have in mindTener prisaTo be in hurryTener sedTo feel thirstyTener sueñoTo feel sleepyTener suerteTo be luckyTener tosTo have a coughTener xx* años/ meses/ etc.To be xx years/ months/ etc. oldTenerle rabia a alguienTo have it in for someone
*NB Express ages by conjugating tener and replacing xx with a number. For example, I am 18 years old = tengo 18 años.