Catch cold VS catch a cold

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Catch cold VS catch a cold

Post by SARDORBEK » Wed Dec 21, 2011 5:47 am


I have come across the two similar expressions below many times,
but I'm not sure about their difference:

1) You'll catch cold if you go out like that. (M.Hewings - Advanced Grammar in Use)
2) You'll catch a cold unless you wear your coat (Jenny Dooley & Virginia Evans- Grammarway № 2)

In reference to the usage of indefinite article what is the difference between them
all things considered (formality, variety etc.. of English)

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Re: Catch cold VS catch a cold

Post by Alan » Wed Dec 21, 2011 9:40 am

There is virtually no difference.