In the following sentence I think still is incorrectly used.

He has a bad cold and sore throat. He may still get flu.

I think it should be he may have got flu

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    If he has the flu, he doesn't also have a cold. At least not normally. Then again, it's also unlikely to start off with a cold which then turns into the flu. That aside, the use of still is fine if you have something, and it could turn into something more or different. So far, I've won $20 at poker. I may still win more before the night is over. Still is used to talk about a future possibility in this context. On the other hand may have got is used to talk about a past or present possibility. So, the meaning is different. But both can be used. – Jason Bassford May 8 at 7:44
  • A sore throat is one of the symptoms of a (bad) cold. Saying that one has a cold and a sore throat sounds somewhat odd whereas "a bad cough and a sore throat" (as the symptoms of both a cold and the flu) sounds okay. – Victor B. May 8 at 8:14

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