- I had a cold that cleared up but then came back.
- I had a cold that cleared up but then the cold came back.
Are both correct sentences?
Does #1 mean #2?
If both are not correct, please rephrase it.
My two cents:
#2 is odd; don’t use it.
1 is OK but you might add a bit of a phrase in the end.
I had a cold that cleared up b but came back/recurred within a week.
Let’s wait and see what a native speaker has to say about it.
The only change I’d suggest to Tom’s example is to use ‘quickly’, not ‘soon’.:
I had a cold that cleared up (quickly) but…