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    pain as an intransitive verb

    In some English dictionaries,

    'pain' can be used as an intransitive verb.


    'I pain.' or 'I am paining' can be used as the meaning of 'I am painful'?

    And 'It caused me to pain.' can be used as the meaning of 'it caused me pain'?

    Thank you in advance.
    Last edited by bustler; 05-May-2014 at 04:09.

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    Re: pain as an intransitive verb

    The use of "pain" as an intransitive verb is mostly archaic. I wouldn't use it.

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    Re: pain as an intransitive verb

    Thank you for your kind answer.

    One more question,

    Which one is better, 'it caused me to be pained' or 'it caused me to pain'?

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    Re: pain as an intransitive verb

    "I am paining" is still heard in Indian English, but not in mainstream AmE or BrE. We would say "I am in pain."

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    Re: pain as an intransitive verb

    Quote Originally Posted by bustler View Post
    Thank you for your kind answer.

    One more question,

    Which one is better, 'it caused me to be pained' or 'it caused me to pain'?
    Neither. "It caused me pain."

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