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please help me.

how to say "get a toothache" in Present Perfect Tense?

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I have had toothache.
 

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thank you , Snowcake,but you gave present perfect of have a toothache not get a toothache.
what is present perfect of get a toothache?:-(Like I am ok and just now I get a toothache and I say then .....?
 

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I would use the form gotten here to be on the save side:

I have gotten a toothache.

This is rather unusual though.
 
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I've got a toothache....but it's not present perfect. It uses the words "I've got a" which means "I have a". I think that heidita's sentence is grammatically correct but it's not used in this case.

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I would use the form gotten here to be on the save side:

I have gotten a toothache.

This is rather unusual though.
thank you but I would not like to use an unusual phrase.
I have got a toothache=is it present perfect of "get a toothache"?, please?
dictionary says that get=got in present perfect , is that right?
 

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thank you but I would not like to use an unusual phrase.
I have got a toothache=is it present perfect of "get a toothache"?, please?
dictionary says that get=got in present perfect , is that right?

Hi Andy, I only said it was unusual because in BE it is usual to use "got" as a participle of get.

Really, in a regular conjugation:

I get a toothache.

I have got a toothache.

I got a toothache.

So the second sentence would normally be interpreted as "I have a toothache" as have got is the same as have. But it would certainly be grammatically correct.
 

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Oh, sorry. :oops: Now it's clear to me what you problem is. "have got"
That's why I've chosen "have toothache".

Sorry, you've got me there.

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Hi Andy, I only said it was unusual because in BE it is usual to use "got" as a participle of get.

Really, in a regular conjugation:

I get a toothache.

I have got a toothache.

I got a toothache.

So the second sentence would normally be interpreted as "I have a toothache" as have got is the same as have. But it would certainly be grammatically correct.
hi Heidita,
so 1.I have got a toothache=I have gotten a toothache
2.I have got a toothache=I have a toothache
is all that right? if so, it is abit crazy, :shock:how to figure out if a speaker means 1 or 2? How come in a language one sentence has many completely different meanings?
ups.....:oops::-?:-?
 

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Yes, Andy, that's it. It would be clear in the context, I suppose.
 

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If you want to use Present Perfect here, you may try this:

My teeth have been aching all day. (progressive to emphasis the duration)

or

She has had toothaches since she got up.

Otherwise I'd prefer past simple to present perfect.

His teeth started to ache ...

(to emphasis the beginning and not the process of having toothache)

However, I don't know what native speakers tend to say and which suggestion feels more natural.

Regards,
Snowcake
 
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