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Which one is the correct one? And if there is more than one answer, when to use each?

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Generally, we just say "I had a nightmare".

I didn't get much sleep last night. I had a nightmare and woke up around 3 am and I was so upset by it that I wasn't able to get back to sleep.

The word "nightmare" already implies that it was a dream, so "dreamt/dreamed" is redundant.

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  • To add on, dreams are also spoken about in this way. It's much more common to say "I had a dream about you" rather than "I dreamed about you". – mattliu Mar 22 '17 at 3:06

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