Friday, 15 May 2015

Is Anybody Feeling Cold?


This post showcases/ highlights a typical use of the verb tener*.


Imagine you are with some relatives, friends or work colleagues. The temperature in the room appears to be going down.

At some point, someone says: "is anybody feeling cold?"

In Spanish, the other person could say:
¿Alguien tiene frío?


Answering this question should be straightforward. A yes/ no answer may be sufficient. However, you may use the expression tener frío to make your answer more informative.

Here are some examples of how you could use that expression:
  • Sí, yo tengo frío (yes, I am feeling cold)
  • Sí, yo tengo un poco de frío (yes, I am feeling a little bit cold)
  • Sí, yo tengo mucho frío (yes, I am feeling very cold)
  • No, yo no tengo frío (no, I am not feeling cold)
  • tienes frío, ¿no? (you -singular/ informal are feeling cold, aren't you?)
  • Usted tiene frío, ¿no? (you -singular/ formal are feeling cold, aren't you?)
  • Pedro tiene frío (Pedro is feeling cold)
  • María tiene frío (Maria is feeling cold)
  • Todos nosotros tenemos frío (we are all feeling cold)
  • Vosotros tenéis frío, ¿no? (you people -plural/ informal are feeling cold, aren't you?)
  • Ustedes tienen frío, ¿no? (you people -plural/ formal are feeling cold, aren't you?)
  • Pedro y María tienen frío (Pedro and Maria are feeling cold)

Now you should practise answering the question:
¿Alguien tiene frío?

*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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