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Dear Ted:

Do you say, "My stomach hurts" or "I have a stomachache"?

If both are possible, do they mean the same thing?

If not, when should I use each of them?

Would you please give me some examples?

Also, are there other ways to express the above concept?

Many, many thanks for your kind help.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

  Dear Ted:

Do you say, "My stomach hurts" or "I have a stomachache"?

*** "Stomach ache" is written as two words.

If both are possible, do they mean the same thing?

If not, when should I use each of them?

Would you please give me some examples?

*** They mean the same thing.  The more common expression is "I have a stomach ache."

Also, are there other ways to express the above concept?

*** I have a bad pain in my abdomen.

*** I feel a cramp in my stomach.

*** My stomach is upset to the point that I actually feel painful discomfort.

Ted

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I am the bibliographic instruction and reference librarian at a public college. Some members of the English department recommend me to their students. I offer assistance in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraph development. My master`s thesis concerns William Faulkner`s tragic novels. I formerly taught advanced placement English at two schools in the Philadelphia area.

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