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    Why is " feel very painful" wrong?

    Wrong: I feel very painful in my right hand.
    Correct: I feel great pain in my right hand...
    Dear Teacher,

    Why is " feel very painful" wrong? Thanks.

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    Re: Why is " feel very painful" wrong?

    My right hand feels very painful.

    It feels very painful when I touch it.

    I have a very painful back/right hand/headache.

    I feel a strong/severe/sharp/dull pain in my right hand

    I am in great pain, physically and emotionally.

    I feel great pain in my right hand...
    This is 'stilted' and is not what a native speaker would say or write.

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    Re: Why is " feel very painful" wrong?

    I feel a strong/severe/sharp/dull pain in my right hand

    I am in great pain, physically and emotionally.
    I feel great pain in my right hand...

    David, thanks for your reply.

    I am still in the dark about the proper usage of the word-pain.

    be in great pain (right?)
    feel great pain (wrong?)


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    Re: Why is " feel very painful" wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by rainbow402 View Post
    David, thanks for your reply.

    I am still in the dark about the proper usage of the word-pain.

    be in great pain (right?)
    feel great pain (wrong?)

    painful describes a noun from my experience
    feel is a verb thought not a noun
    hope it helps

    my second thought is however that David mentions that my right hand feels painful... strange
    natives help!

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    Re: Why is " feel very painful" wrong?

    I feel great pain in my right hand...
    I just don't understand why it is stilted. I am clear the usage of " painful" according to David's illustrations.

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    Re: Why is " feel very painful" wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by rainbow402 View Post
    I just don't understand why it is stilted. I am clear the usage of " painful" according to David's illustrations.
    If you say: I feel a great pain.......
    this would be correct as pain is a noun.

    You can be in great pain, and
    You can feel a great pain.
    My foot feels very painful.
    The pain in my foot is extreme/very bad/awful/terrible......
    My painful foot is hurting very badly.
    There is a pain in my foot.
    My foot is very painful.

    1.My foot feels pain.
    2.My foot feels painful.
    in 1 there is a definite pain, but the 'a' has been omitted from 'pain', whereas in 2 there is a more generalised feeling of pain.

    The differences are not easy to grasp. Speaking English, and particularly hearing these words spoken will definitely help.

    Going back to the original quote: I feel very painful in my right hand. We do not say that because it is not 'I' that 'feels' the pain but 'my right hand' which does. So:
    My right hand feels very painful.
    I feel a (sharp) pain in my right hand.

    Does this help? Come back if not.

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    Re: Why is " feel very painful" wrong?

    A lot of this is colloquial usages.

    I feel great pain
    would be more likely to be found to express emotional pain than physical. It is just not a collocation generally used in relation to physical pain, though you could find it in literary writing.

    I feel painful would be interpreted as meaning that you feel that you are being a nuisance [probably intentionally].

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    Re: Why is " feel very painful" wrong?

    be in great pain (right?)

    Yes
    feel great pain (wrong?)
    This is stilted because we would write/say:
    I feel a pain all down my leg.
    or
    I feel a lot of pain when I....
    or
    There's pain in my ankle when I try to walk.

    One way I've thought of where we use this phrasing is:
    I feel great pain ((meaning emotional NOT physical pain) whenever I remember the loss of our first born child.
    compare with one of the examples I gave:
    I am in great pain.
    This is either emotional pain, or telling the person about physical pain but not being specific about where the pain is.
    Last edited by David L.; 23-Mar-2008 at 12:11.

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    Re: Why is " feel very painful" wrong?

    Dear All,

    Thanks a bunch for your great help.


    There's pain in my ankle when I try to walk.
    David, do you omit"a" in above sentence or not?

    there is a pain in my ankle"<--- right?



    Like Apex mentioned as below:

    1.My foot feels pain.
    2.My foot feels painful.
    in 1 there is a definite pain, but the 'a' has been omitted from 'pain', whereas in 2 there is a more generalised feeling of pain.

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    Re: Why is " feel very painful" wrong?

    We do say 'there's pain in my.....' when we mean 'there's a/some/a lot of/a little pain in my....'. It is generalised speech when we are not intending to be precise.

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