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    I've got a headache/stomachache

    I read the following sentences from a book.

    1. I 've got a headache.
    2. I 've got stomachache.

    In sentence 1, the author use "a" before headache. Why doesn't the author use "a" before stomachache in sentences 2? I looked "stomachache" up from dictionaries, it is a countable or uncountable noun. Is stomachache a countable or uncountable noun in sentence 2?
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    #2

    Re: I've got a headache/stomachache

    There should have been an "a" before both of these words.

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    #3

    Re: I've got a headache/stomachache

    http://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/american/toothache

    He's got a really bad toothache.

    http://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/toothache

    He's got really bad toothache.

    It seems that American English use an "a" before "toothache" whereas British English does not use an article before it.

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    Re: I've got a headache/stomachache

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    It seems that American English uses an "a" before "toothache" whereas British English does not use an article before it.
    That is correct.

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    Re: I've got a headache/stomachache

    Well...what can I say? They also go to hospital and go to university. Perhaps one of our English members can provide us with a sound reason why the article is not required.

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    #6

    Re: I've got a headache/stomachache

    "Headache" is the only one of the standard "aches" we do use the article with.

    I have a headache.
    I have stomachache.
    I have toothache.
    I have bellyache.
    I have tummy ache.
    I have earache.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: I've got a headache/stomachache

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    Well...what can I say? They also go to hospital and go to university. Perhaps one of our English members can provide us with a sound reason why the article is not required.
    No, that's just British usage. We don't have to have a reason for it, any more than you have to have a reason for AmE usage.
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    #8

    Re: I've got a headache/stomachache

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, Winwin:



    And don't forget: If your significant other (wife / husband / girlfriend/ boyfriend) leaves you, you will have a

    heartache -- maybe!



    James

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    Re: I've got a headache/stomachache

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    And don't forget: If your significant other (wife / husband / girlfriend/ boyfriend) leaves you, you will have a heartache -- maybe!
    Some of us will heave an enormous sigh of relief.

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