I know that the expression I have written is completely correct, but it does not feel very natural and I have never seen it being used in movies etc. Should it be something like "I picked up a fever"?

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    "Not enough cowbell."
    – RegDwigнt
    Nov 28, 2012 at 14:17
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    "... suffering from fever" appeared 1,710,000 times on the web -- if you doubted it. What was the question? Or is it a non-Q?
    – Kris
    Nov 28, 2012 at 15:02

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In addition to the provided suggestions, I might also say,

  • I have (got) a fever.
  • I was down with a fever.
  • I've come down with a fever.
  • I'm running a fever. (I suspect that this is usually said of somebody else.)
  • I'm running a temperature.
  • Why 'a' before fever?
    – Al Mamun
    May 31, 2018 at 3:37
  • Is "running a fever/temperature" more common than "having a fever"? What's more commonly used? Sep 9, 2019 at 16:08

"I've had a fever (for the past three days / three weeks / etc.)" is all that's necessary. It's also natural and idiomatic. "I've been suffering from ..." is emotional and overly dramatic, but also natural and idiomatic. It's a style choice.


I am feeling a tad feverish after being around all those sick kids.

fe·ver·ish adjective 1. having fever.

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    This is technically correct, but rarely used.
    – Lynn
    Nov 28, 2012 at 15:19
  • I heard the word befevered once, but I can't remember where. Nov 28, 2012 at 16:32
  • It might be easier to remember than a complicated idiomatic expression like "I'm running a fever" or "I've come down with a fever." That's my thinking.
    – tylerharms
    Nov 28, 2012 at 17:40
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    Something like “I was feverish for several days” doesn’t sound odd or unusual to me at all; this seems a pretty natural phrasing to me (British, lived for some years in NE US/Canada).
    – PLL
    Nov 28, 2012 at 20:59

For some reason, if I hear "I have fever" or "I am suffering from fever" without "a" preceding it, I tend to think it is a disease, like Dengue Fever or Yellow Fever, rather than just an elevated body temperature, which is more likely a symptom of an infection or virus.

I would say, "I'm running a temperature" or "I'm running a fever"

  • Is "running a fever/temperature" more common than "having a fever"? Sep 9, 2019 at 16:07

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