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  1. Yourjones
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    about "-ache"

    Hi, languages have expressions so different from one another regarding body feelings. Can we add "-ache" after any body part like earache, fingerache, or this only applies to a specific group of body parts we are all familiar with such as stomachache, headache and so on?

    If "-ache" can not follow anything, is there a general expression for pain for example when my finger got caught in the drawer, or my elbow hit on the corner of the table? Thanks a lot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yourjones View Post
    Hi, languages have expressions so different from one another regarding body feelings. Can we add "-ache" after any body part like earache, fingerache, or this only applies to a specific group of body parts we are all familiar with such as stomachache, headache and so on?

    If "-ache" can not follow anything, is there a general expression for pain for example when my finger got caught in the drawer, or my elbow hit on the corner of the table? Thanks a lot!
    Oh wouldst that English were so simple! We don't have fingerache or elbowache. We can have a sore finger or sore elbow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Oh wouldst that English were so simple! We don't have fingerache or elbowache. We can have a sore finger or sore elbow.
    Hi thanks for your help! Then what about 'painful'? Is it a word describing what makes us feel that way [1], or a word that follows a body part [2]?

    [1]. I bumped my elbow onto/into the corner of the table, and that was painful.
    [2]. My elbow is painful because I bumped it onto/into the corner of the table.

    Thank you so much!

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    Re: about "-ache"

    Quote Originally Posted by Yourjones View Post
    Hi thanks for your help! Then what about 'painful'? Is it a word describing what makes us feel that way [1], or a word that follows a body part [2]?

    [1]. I bumped my elbow onto/into the corner of the table, and that was painful.
    [2]. My elbow is painful because I bumped it onto/into the corner of the table.

    Thank you so much!
    Yes, painful works.

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    Re: about "-ache"

    Quote Originally Posted by Yourjones View Post

    [1]. I bumped my elbow on the corner of the table, and that was painful.
    [2]. My elbow hurts because I bumped it on the corner of the table. This is more natural.
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