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 fever?"
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 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:
*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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