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    runny/running nose

    I remember reading that 'running nose' and 'runny nose' are synonymous. However, recently, I read that 'running nose' is incorrect. The dictionaries I referred to, does not have the term 'running nose'.

    I would like to know whether native speakers use 'running nose'.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: runny/running nose

    I’m not a teacher.

    Hi Tan Elaine,
    running nose = runnynose
    suffering from a cold = with a running nose

    I had a running nose and a sore throat. Also I had a splitting headache and a cough. My whole body ached.

    Its usual symptoms are a running nose, sneezing, a rise in temperature, headache, sore throat, chill, aches and pains in the body, and loss of appetite. The skin around the nostrils may become sore.

    Get rid of a stuffed or running nose without drugs.

    Running Nose Treatment - Cold Herbal Remedies - Stuffy Nose Remedies - Nasal Decongestant Sprays Treatment for cold

    YouTube - Running Nose - How To Treat

    Regards,

    V.

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    Re: runny/running nose

    As an American English speaker, I would never refer to a running nose.

    You say "My nose is running" but "I have a runny nose."

    I don't know why - but that's how we say it.

    I may hear "My nose is runny (and my head hurts and I have a sore throat, etc.)" but not "I have a running nose.

    So, in short - after the verb, either one, but before the noun, only "runny."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: runny/running nose

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    As an American English speaker, I would never refer to a running nose.

    You say "My nose is running" but "I have a runny nose."

    I don't know why - but that's how we say it.

    I may hear "My nose is runny (and my head hurts and I have a sore throat, etc.)" but not "I have a running nose.

    So, in short - after the verb, either one, but before the noun, only "runny."
    I entirely agree - a runny nose OR my nose is running.

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    Re: runny/running nose

    There are examples of running nose in use on websites, but I agree with the posters above completely- it sounds strange to me.

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