be: ✓ be ✗ have

By | October 31, 2016
The need to be right is the sign of a vulgar mind.
La necessità di aver ragione è segno di una mente volgare.
- Albert Camus

Aren't you cold?
✗ Non hai freddo?
*Have*n't you cold?
There are several expressions where English uses be + ADJECTIVE (for example be cold, be hot, etc.), while Italian uses avere + SOSTANTIVO (for example aver freddo, aver caldo, etc.).
The most common are:
be coldaver freddoI’m cold.
Ho freddo.
be hotaver caldoAren’t you hot in that coat?
Non hai caldo con quel cappotto?
be sleepyaver sonnoI’m tired but I’m not sleepy.
Sono stanco ma non ho sonno.
be hungryaver fameYou must be hungry.
Devi aver fame.
be thirstyaver seteI think the baby’s thirsty.
Penso che il bambino abbia sete.
be rightaver ragioneYou’re right. It’s easy!
Hai ragione. E’ facile!
be wrongaver tortoHe thinks he’s never wrong.
Pensa di non aver mai torto.

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