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Dear Ted:

If I have now stomach ache, do you say "My stomach aches" or "My stomach is aching"?

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Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

  

If I have now stomach ache, do you say "My stomach aches" or "My stomach is aching"

*** Either one is used.  Because the second version is in the progressive form, it "sounds" more current.  In actuality, however, there is no difference between the two.

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