If I want to tell my teacher the reason for my absence, which one of these is preferable? I feel uncomfortable when I am sick and down with fever.

I had a fever.

I suffered from a fever.

I experienced a fever.

  • 4
    I had a fever. Simple & to the point. The others are grammatically correct, but too awkward. Feb 20, 2015 at 15:12
  • 3
    That's one long fever.
    – TimR
    Feb 20, 2015 at 23:08

3 Answers 3


I had a fever.

is fine and a natural expression.

BYW, in your description, I would use forehead not fronthead, and temperature go down rather than heat changed less. Also I am guessing you did not lay in your bed for some years.

But still a good description and completely understandable.


Being a doctor, I often hear this as a symptom.

I had a fever

However, from my medical brain, another phrase comes:

I was running a fever.

As a special case, you also run a fever/temperature. This means you had fever.


If you felt pain, then you suffered.
BUT the fever should not make you feel pain. I guessed it was other illness causing a set of common symptoms for some reason.
You could tell your teachers that you had a fever.


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