Friday, 26 December 2014

Do You Have A Fever?


This post deals with a typical use of the verb tener*.


Imagine you are in the doctor's surgery. Whilst examining you, the doctor says: "do you have a fever?"

In Spanish, the doctor could choose to be less formal and say:
¿Tienes fiebre?

Alternatively, he/ she could choose to be more formal and say:
¿Tiene usted fiebre?


A straightforward yes/ no answer could be sufficient. But if you wanted to be more informative you could say:

  • Sí, tengo fiebre (yes, I have a fever);
  • Sí, tengo un poco de fiebre (yes, I have a little fever);
  • Sí, tengo mucha fiebre (yes, I have a high fever);
  • No, no tengo fiebre (no, I don't have a fever);

Now you should practise answering the question:
¿Tienes fiebre?

*See uses of verb tener below

*Verb Tener - Typical Uses/ Expressions

Tener calor To feel hot
Tener celos To feel jealousy/ to be jealous
Tener cuidado To be careful
Tener dolor To feel pain/ to have an ache
Tener envidia To feel envy/ to be envious
Tener fiebre To be feverish
Tener frío To feel cold
Tener ganas de algo To look forward to something
Tener hambre To feel hungry
Tener la culpa To be at fault
Tener miedo To feel afraid
Tener pensado To have in mind
Tener prisa To be in hurry
Tener sed To feel thirsty
Tener sueño To feel sleepy
Tener suerte To be lucky
Tener tos To have a cough
Tener xx* años/ meses/ etc. To be xx years/ months/ etc. old
Tenerle rabia a alguien To 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.

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