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    Hi teachers,


    My voice/throat is hoarse. It means I can't speak properly.
    I have a sore throat. OR My throat is sore. It means I can't eat, swallow or drink properly. Am I right?


    Many thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naeem Afzal View Post
    Hi teachers,


    My voice/throat is hoarse. It means I can't speak properly.
    I have a sore throat. OR My throat is sore. It means I can't eat, swallow or drink properly. Am I right?
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    Many thanks.
    Hoarseness refers to the sound of the voice. Soreness refers to pain. They are completely different things, and they can occur together, or separately. If you tell someone you have a sore throat (in speech), they should know whether it's also hoarse or not. That is, hoarseness is a sign, while soreness is a symptom, as we say in medicine.

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    You might have a sore throat. You might have a hoarse voice. You might have both. You might have one or the other. You might have neither.
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    In short, you can't have either a sore voice or a hoarse throat..

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    In short, you can't have either a sore voice or a hoarse throat..

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    How is the learner to interpret this, Bob?
    ems says you can have one or the other: "You might have one or the other". And you say you can't have either one or the other.
    I think I know what you mean, but many wouldn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    How is the learner to interpret this, Bob?
    ems says you can have one or the other: "You might have one or the other". And you say you can't have either one or the other.
    I think I know what you mean, but many wouldn't.
    You can't have a hoarse throat. You can't have a sore voice. You can't have either one of them (meaning "You can have neither. Neither is possible").
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    How is the learner to interpret this, Bob?
    ems says you can have one or the other: "You might have one or the other". And you say you can't have either one or the other.
    I think I know what you mean, but many wouldn't.
    I don't see the problem. Sore doesn't collocate with voice; hoarse doesn't collocate with throat. This is because, as you said, soreness and hoarseness are different aspects of a problem which may or may not be associated. Nothing Ems said suggested that they did collocate. I think you're seeing a learner problem where there isn't one. (I might of course be wrong - but I don't see how my post could have been confusing.)

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    Last edited by Tdol; 18-Jun-2013 at 14:47. Reason: Typo

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I don't see the problem. Sore doesn't collocate with voice; hoarse doesn't collocate with throat. This is because, as you said, soreness and harseness are different aspects of a problem which may or may not be associated. Nothing Ems said suggested that they did collocate. I think you're seeing a learner problem where there isn't one. (I might of course be wrong - but I don't see how my post could have been confusing.)

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    Thanks Bob, ems has explained the point that I overlooked in your post, and I acknowledged that explanation.

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