Over at ELL, I've opened a question about bad dream i.e. nightmares. English doesn't see a nightmare but it uses it with the verbs have and be (as in: it was a nightmare). I would like to know how it is used in German and with which verb it is associated?
That project was a nightmare! We were over a year late and a million dollars over budget. (Das Projekt war ein Alptraum! Wir waren über ein Jahr zu spät und eine Million Dollar über dem Budget.)
Last night I had a nightmare. (Letzte Nacht hatte ich einen Alptraum.)