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    My leg hurts. My leg hurts me. What's the difference?

    1-My leg hurts.
    2-My leg hurts me.

    A-What's the difference?


    B-Why we omit "me" in the first example?

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    #2

    Re: My leg hurts. My leg hurts me. What's the difference?

    Who else would it be hurting, unless you used it to kick someone?

    My back hurts a lot.
    My back is causing me a lot of pain.
    My leg hurts. My leg is causing me a lot of pain.
    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: My leg hurts. My leg hurts me. What's the difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Who else would it be hurting, unless you used it to kick someone?

    My back hurts a lot.
    My back is causing me a lot of pain.
    My leg hurts. My leg is causing me a lot of pain.
    Sorry, your answer is not clear for me.

    1-My leg hurts.
    2-My leg hurts me.

    A-What's the difference?


    B-Why we omit "me" in the first example?

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    #4

    Re: My leg hurts. My leg hurts me. What's the difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by love-you-mom View Post
    Sorry, your answer is not clear for me.

    1-My leg hurts.
    2-My leg hurts me.

    A-What's the difference?


    B-Why we omit "me" in the first example?
    I think Barb's point was that the "me" is redundant. If your leg hurts, you feel pain in your leg. The "me" part only indicates that you feel the pain. That is obvious from the "leg hurts" part.
    Last edited by MikeNewYork; 04-Aug-2013 at 02:51.

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    Re: My leg hurts. My leg hurts me. What's the difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by love-you-mom View Post
    Sorry, your answer is not clear for me.

    1-My leg hurts.
    2-My leg hurts me.

    A-What's the difference? No difference.


    B-Why we omit "me" in the first example?
    Optional.
    b.

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    #6

    Re: My leg hurts. My leg hurts me. What's the difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by love-you-mom View Post
    1-My leg hurts.
    2-My leg hurts me.

    A-What's the difference?


    B-Why we omit "me" in the first example?
    As Barb_D said "My leg hurts me" means that you kick yourself and you feel pain by that action. For example, you kicked your arm and now your arm hurts. Guess what does it mean: my arm hurts me. :)

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    #7

    Re: My leg hurts. My leg hurts me. What's the difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by love-you-mom View Post
    1-My leg hurts.
    2-My leg hurts me.

    A-What's the difference?


    B-Why we omit "me" in the first example?
    Barb has pointed out the most reasonable answer to your question. There could be a difference if you accept the notion that the body and the mind are not the same thing. When something hurts a message is sent to the brain. The brain receives this message and produces the sensation of pain. Now, if you see the brain as a separate entity you could say that your leg (the physical body) is hurting me (the mind, the ego).

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    Re: My leg hurts. My leg hurts me. What's the difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by dsank0 View Post
    As Barb_D said "My leg hurts me" means that you kick yourself and you feel pain by that action. This is not a correct interpretation. For example, you kicked your arm and now your arm hurts. Guess what does it mean: my arm hurts me. :)
    Example: (A) Why are you limping? (B) Because my leg hurts me. (This is not an uncommon response, but neither would be, "Because my leg hurts".)

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    Re: My leg hurts. My leg hurts me. What's the difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    Example: (A) Why are you limping? (B) Because my leg hurts me. (This is not an uncommon response, but neither would be, "Because my leg hurts".)
    I think a native speaker is FAR more likely to say "because my leg hurts" than "because my leg hurts me."
    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: My leg hurts. My leg hurts me. What's the difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I think a native speaker is FAR more likely to say "because my leg hurts" than "because my leg hurts me."
    "Far more likely" perhaps, but not "uncommon".

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