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    Help me, I'm confused

    I have a pain in my arm.
    I have a pain in my arms.
    I have pains in my arms.

    I think the first sentence means 'I have one type of pain in either arm(right or left arm), but could it also mean 'I have one type of pain(the same pain) in both arms.'? Or for that, would it be better to say the second sentence: 'I have a pain in my arms.'?

    And about the third sentence, does it mean 'I have two or more different types of pain in each arm.'?, or what does it really mean?

    I am very confused about the meaning of these three sentences. I hope someone could clear it up for me.

    Thank you very much.

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    Talking Re: Help me, I'm confused

    Quote Originally Posted by jibou View Post
    I have a pain in my arm.
    I have a pain in my arms.
    I have pains in my arms.

    I think the first sentence means 'I have one type of pain in either arm(right or left arm), but could it also mean 'I have one type of pain(the same pain) in both arms.'? Or for that, would it be better to say the second sentence: 'I have a pain in my arms.'?

    And about the third sentence, does it mean 'I have two or more different types of pain in each arm.'?, or what does it really mean?

    I am very confused about the meaning of these three sentences. I hope someone could clear it up for me.

    Thank you very much.
    I'm just going to give you a straightforward translation of what I think:
    1. I have one pain in one arm
    2. I have one type of in both arms (though I'm not sure about this, it doesn't make sense)
    3. I have pains in many places in both of my arms/maybe I have two spots of pain, one in each arm.

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