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1. Is any of these sentences acceptable. Which one(s)?
" I go to work by walk." "I go to work walking"

2. When should I use "sore" and "-ache". Is it possible to use both with some parts of the body? Ex: headache and sore head. Which parts?

3. The sentence: "She's going to go on a date tonight." is used to mean that the girl is going out with her boyfriend, or this is not implicit in the sentence?
 

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lostudent said:
1. Is any of these sentences acceptable. Which one(s)?
" I go to work by walk." "I go to work walking"

Neither of those sentences is idiomatic English. We would generally say I walk to work.

lostudent said:
2. When should I use "sore" and "-ache". Is it possible to use both with some parts of the body? Ex: headache and sore head. Which parts?

Any part of the body can ache or be sore, but only certain parts are combined with ache to create descriptive nouns: headache, backache, stomache. (A sorehead is somebody with a sour disposition.)

lostudent said:
3. The sentence: "She's going to go on a date tonight." is used to mean that the girl is going out with her boyfriend, or this is not implicit in the sentence?

"She's going to go on a date tonight" certainly says that she is going out with a boy. Whether it means she is going out with a particular boy depends on the circumstances. It could be something that is understood. (Don't put a period in the middle of a sentence.)

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RonBee said:
Any part of the body can ache or be sore, but only certain parts are combined with ache to create descriptive nouns: headache, backache, stomache[sic]. (A sorehead is somebody with a sour disposition.)

There are five common colocations: headache, backache, stomachache, toothache, and heartache.

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And earache. Heartache is an emotional complaint rather than medical. ;-)
 

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dduck said:
RonBee said:
Any part of the body can ache or be sore, but only certain parts are combined with ache to create descriptive nouns: headache, backache, stomache[sic]. (A sorehead is somebody with a sour disposition.)

There are five common colocations: headache, backache, stomachache, toothache, and heartache.

Well, I got three out of five (if you count stomache). I don't suppose I can get credit for coining a new word, eh?

(I think the word is spelled collocations.)

Thanks. :)

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