In the dictionary,
get [transitive, no passive] get something to become infected with an illness; to suffer from a pain, etc.
I got this cold off (= from) you!
She gets (= often suffers from) really bad headaches.
have (also have got) have something (not used in the progressive tenses) to suffer from an illness or a disease
I've got a headache.
So, we know that if we want to express our current illness that is happening, we have to use the simple present tense with the verb "have"
So, we say "I have a cold now" but not "I am having a cold" (wrong)
But what about the verb "get"
can we say "I am getting a cold"?
The Ngram showed that people do say
- "I have a cold" (a lot of people say this)
- "I get a cold" (some people say this)
- "I am getting a cold" (few people say this)
- "I am having a cold" (no data found, maybe no one says this)
Can we use "continuous tenses" with the verb "get" when expressing illness?
Also, 1 more question, does the rule apply to other physical conditions such as hiccup, etc
For example, which of the following are correct when we want to express that a person is experiencing hiccups (it is happening now):
- "I have hiccups"
- "I get hiccups"
- "I am getting hiccups"
- "I am having hiccups"