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    All the pain

    Do we say "heal all the pain" or "heal all the pains"? Thank you.

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    Re: All the pain

    How many pains are there?

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    #3

    Re: All the pain

    No. We heal a disease, a wound, or an injury.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: All the pain

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    How many pains are there?
    Many.
    Someone told me 'pains' means something else.

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    Re: All the pain

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    No. We heal a disease, a wound, or an injury.
    Plural for pain is 'pains', right? Because someone told me pains means something else.

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    Re: All the pain

    "Pains" is the word for more than one individual pain. However, "pain" is also a collective noun for several pains and the generic term for the feeling. It can be confusing. I'm not even sure that native speakers have a consistent approach.

    I have pains in my knees, ankles and wrists.
    I have pain in my knees, ankles and wrists.

    I have pain in my knee.
    I have pains in my knee. (However, I would probably use this to mean that I get a painful feeling in my knee on multiple occasions, not that I have multiple pains.)

    What did this mystery person tell you was a different definition of "pains"?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: All the pain

    Or, "I have a pain in my knee."

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    Re: All the pain

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "Pains" is the word for more than one individual pain. However, "pain" is also a collective noun for several pains and the generic term for the feeling. It can be confusing. I'm not even sure that native speakers have a consistent approach.

    I have pains in my knees, ankles and wrists.
    I have pain in my knees, ankles and wrists.

    I have pain in my knee.
    I have pains in my knee. (However, I would probably use this to mean that I get a painful feeling in my knee on multiple occasions, not that I have multiple pains.)

    What did this mystery person tell you was a different definition of "pains"?
    No definition given by the person.

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    Re: All the pain

    Quote Originally Posted by whyenglish View Post
    No definition was given by the person.
    See above. You could say "The person didn't give me a/another definition".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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