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1) Do we say 'I got hiccups' or 'I have hiccups?'

I wouldn't say either. Most native speakers use "the" before "hiccups." You can say "I got the hiccups" if you acquired a case of the hiccups in the past. You can say "I have the hiccups" if you have a case of the hiccups right now.

You can only use "I got the hiccups" to mean "I have the hiccups" in substandard English. "Got" is the past tense of "get." To use "got" as a past participle here, you must add "have"/"'ve": "I've got the hiccups."

2) Do we say 'I'm getting hiccups' just like we say 'I'm getting a headache?'

If you feel a case of the hiccups, i.e., a case of repeated hiccuping, coming on, perhaps because you've hiccuped once and feel inclined to do so again, then you can indeed say "I'm getting the hiccups."

3) Can hiccups be singular like 'a headache?'

Yes, we can say things like "I think I just heard a hiccup."

Last edited by David, Moderator

I wouldn't say either. Most native speakers use "the" before "hiccups." You can say "I got the hiccups" if you acquired a case of the hiccups in the past. You can say "I have the hiccups" if you have a case of the hiccups right now.

You can only use "I got the hiccups" to mean "I have the hiccups" in substandard English. "Got" is the past tense of "get." To use "got" as a past participle here, you must add "have"/"'ve": "I've got the hiccups."

If you feel a case of the hiccups, i.e., a case of repeated hiccuping, coming on, perhaps because you've hiccuped once and feel inclined to do so again, then you can indeed say "I'm getting the hiccups."

Yes, we can say things like "I think I just heard a hiccup."

Thank you very much.

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