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    " the sun burnt the skin on my arms. "

    Can I say " my arms skin were scorched by the sun " to mean the same thing ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by whl626
    " the sun burnt the skin on my arms. "

    Can I say " my arms skin were scorched by the sun " to mean the same thing ?
    The skin on my arms was scorched by the sun. :D

    'skin' is singular. It covers your entire body in one single top layer. There are no parts. So it's singular.

    :( arms' skin means, *skin of my arms
    Skin covers your arms, so use skin on my arms


    Cas :D

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    Thanks Cas :)

    Arms' skin sounds awkward indeed :P

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    I'd omit 'skin' altogether- the sun is unlikely to burn the bones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whl626
    " the sun burnt the skin on my arms. "

    Can I say " my arms skin were scorched by the sun " to mean the same thing ?
    I've only heard "I got a sunburn" or "I got a sunburn on my back" or some expression such as that.

    :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by whl626
    " the sun burnt the skin on my arms. "

    Can I say " my arms skin were scorched by the sun " to mean the same thing ?
    I've only heard "I got a sunburn" or "I got a sunburn on my back" or some expression such as that.

    :)
    A colleague once mentioned that it wasn't until his second year of university, in a morphology class in which he was analysing compound words, that he noticed to his embarrassement and shame that a word he had always know as [sum]burn was not spelled 'someburn':

    :D I've got a sunburn on my back.
    :( I've got a sumburn on my back.

    :D I've got some burn on my back.
    :( I've got a someburn on my back.

    Cas :D

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    " i got a sunburn on my back " is the most appropriate way of ssaying I guess :). Any mentioning about the skin sounds like a direct translation from a mother tongue of sorts :)

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    May I make a suggestion? Say: mention of. Example:

    • I dislike that guy so much that at the mention of his name I see red.


    Common collocations:

    • talk about
      mention of
      speak of


    English is a funny language.

    :wink:

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    I see, and discuss something :). Not discuss about :P. But it seems that even people know it, they can't help making the same mistake. If I am not wrong, it will be universally accepted in the future because it is an incorrigible mistake :P like an automatic pilot in speech.

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