Can I use this collocation, a pang of lonliness?

Rezafo

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Hello,

Based on the definition of the word "pang" as "pain", can I say "A pang of loneliness"? as in:

"As his train was fading away in the horizon, she felt a pang of loneliness".

Also, is a pang of homesick, of misery, and such like adjectives possible?
 

Raymott

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Yes, but I wouldn't use 'fading away' for a train. 'Disappearing' would be better.
Yes, you can have all those types of pang. Which are the adjectives you're referring to?
 

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No, you can't use a pang of with adjectives, only nouns: She felt a pang of homesickness.

(misery is a noun, but pang doesn't work with misery.)
 

Lynxear

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"A pang of loneliness" (you made a spelling mistake which might have affected some answers)

"As his train was fading away in the horizon, she felt a pang of loneliness".

I think this is a great sentence except I would change "in" to "to". You would be showing the direction of the train by this preposition.

As his train was fading away to the horizon, she felt a pang of loneliness.

"Pang" as you say is a pain but it is a sharp pain of imagination, that usually lasts for a short duration .

You can only use this formation "pang of..." with nouns. Every dictionary I have seen has "loneliness" defined as a noun so it is fine in your sentence.

"A pang of homesick" is wrong but "a pang of homesickness" is fine
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"A pang of misery" is technically correct since misery is a noun but does not sound very good to a native English speaker.

I would probably reconstruct the sentence this way in place of misery

She felt miserable, as his train was fading away to the horizon.
 
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