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    My toes feel numb?

    Is it okay to say "My toes feel numb"?
    Toes don't have brains. So, does it sound okay for you English native users?
    Any other way to say?
    Thanks a lot.

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    #2

    Re: My toes feel numb?

    numb - definition of numb by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

    As you will see, "numb" refers to the ability to move or feel. Therefore, the fact that toes have no brains is irrelevant.

    About the sentence being natural, I'd say so, but I'm not a native English speaker.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: My toes feel numb?

    I'd say 'I can't feel my toes'.

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    Re: My toes feel numb?

    I'd say "My toes are numb" or "My toes have gone numb". I wouldn't use "feel" in this instance. Rover's "I can't feel my toes" is another great alternative - note that it does not mean that if you put your fingers on your toes, you cannot feel your toes with your fingers! It means "The feeling in my toes has gone/vanished" or "I have no feeling/sensation in my toes".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: My toes feel numb?

    In medical usage, "numb" is sensory only. If you can feel your toe, but not move it, it isn't numb, it's paralysed. In fact, I've only heard 'numb' used this way by lay people too. Maybe somewhere in the world they use 'numb' to mean immobile body parts.
    To me, there's nothing wrong with "My toes feel numb". We can also say "This towel feels wet", but towels don't have a brain either.

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    Re: My toes feel numb?

    I would never use "numb" to mean that I can't move the relevant part of the anatomy.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: My toes feel numb?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I would never use "numb" to mean that I can't move the relevant part of the anatomy.
    Nor would I.

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    Re: My toes feel numb?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    In medical usage, "numb" is sensory only. If you can feel your toe, but not move it, it isn't numb, it's paralysed. In fact, I've only heard 'numb' used this way by lay people too. Maybe somewhere in the world they use 'numb' to mean immobile body parts.
    To me, there's nothing wrong with "My toes feel numb". We can also say "This towel feels wet", but towels don't have a brain either.
    Maybe I chose the wrong word. Indeed, I wanted to use the sentence not in such a miserable condition. What would you say if you can control well your fingers and toes in winter but you cannot feel the tips of them gradually due to the chilliness?

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    Re: My toes feel numb?

    Quote Originally Posted by terrenziqq View Post
    Maybe I chose the wrong word. Indeed, I wanted to use the sentence not in such a miserable condition. What would you say if you can control well your fingers and toes in winter but you cannot feel the tips of them gradually due to the chilliness?
    There is nothing wrong with "my toes feel numb".

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    Re: My toes feel numb?

    Quote Originally Posted by terrenziqq View Post
    Maybe I chose the wrong word. Indeed, I wanted to use the sentence not in such a miserable condition. What would you say if you can control well your fingers and toes in winter but you cannot feel the tips of them gradually due to the chilliness?
    If it only affects the tips of them and if they go very white at the parts you can't feel, then a) you might have Raynaud's Syndrome and b) you can say "the tips of my fingers and toes go dead in very cold weather".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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