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Are these correct :

"Since when are you having these pains?"

"When the patient had been working in the garden, he suddenly felt a severe pain in the back."


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emsr2d2

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Are these correct :

"Since when are you having these pains?" Since when have you been having these pains? Or: When did you start having these pains? Or: When did these pains start?

"When the patient had been working in the garden, he suddenly felt a severe pain in the back." While the patient was working in the garden, he suddenly felt a severe pain in his back.


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Are these correct :

"Since when are you having these pains?" People say this, and I think it's quite acceptable.

English question sentences are often 'built up' in steps.

A. Are you having belly pain?
B. Yes I am, right here.
A. Since when are you having these pains?

(first question) Are you on a diet?
(second question) Since when are you on a diet?

"When the patient was working in the garden, he suddenly felt a severe pain in the back." :tick:

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