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    1. Is any of these sentences acceptable. Which one(s)?
    " I go to work by walk." "I go to work walking"

    2. When should I use "sore" and "-ache". Is it possible to use both with some parts of the body? Ex: headache and sore head. Which parts?

    3. The sentence: "She's going to go on a date tonight." is used to mean that the girl is going out with her boyfriend, or this is not implicit in the sentence?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lostudent
    1. Is any of these sentences acceptable. Which one(s)?
    " I go to work by walk." "I go to work walking"
    Neither of those sentences is idiomatic English. We would generally say I walk to work.

    Quote Originally Posted by lostudent
    2. When should I use "sore" and "-ache". Is it possible to use both with some parts of the body? Ex: headache and sore head. Which parts?
    Any part of the body can ache or be sore, but only certain parts are combined with ache to create descriptive nouns: headache, backache, stomache. (A sorehead is somebody with a sour disposition.)

    Quote Originally Posted by lostudent
    3. The sentence: "She's going to go on a date tonight." is used to mean that the girl is going out with her boyfriend, or this is not implicit in the sentence?
    "She's going to go on a date tonight" certainly says that she is going out with a boy. Whether it means she is going out with a particular boy depends on the circumstances. It could be something that is understood. (Don't put a period in the middle of a sentence.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Any part of the body can ache or be sore, but only certain parts are combined with ache to create descriptive nouns: headache, backache, stomache[sic]. (A sorehead is somebody with a sour disposition.)
    There are five common colocations: headache, backache, stomachache, toothache, and heartache.

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    And earache. Heartache is an emotional complaint rather than medical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dduck
    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Any part of the body can ache or be sore, but only certain parts are combined with ache to create descriptive nouns: headache, backache, stomache[sic]. (A sorehead is somebody with a sour disposition.)
    There are five common colocations: headache, backache, stomachache, toothache, and heartache.
    Well, I got three out of five (if you count stomache). I don't suppose I can get credit for coining a new word, eh?

    (I think the word is spelled collocations.)

    Thanks. :)

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