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a pain in the neck

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Re: a pain in the neck

Postby Josef » Thu Jul 31, 2008 9:00 am

Yes, this idiom is very much in use today. You can say that a person or a thing that gives you trouble is a pain in the neck, eg:

- Having to convert my accounts from dollars to euro is a real pain in the neck.
- It's a pain in the neck having to delete all the spam in my email.
- John's being a right pain in the neck. Can't you tell him to go away.

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Re: a pain in the neck

Postby Bambang » Sat Aug 16, 2008 4:48 am

Josef wrote:Yes, this idiom is very much in use today. You can say that a person or a thing that gives you trouble is a pain in the neck, eg:

- Having to convert my accounts from dollars to euro is a real pain in the neck.
- It's a pain in the neck having to delete all the spam in my email.
- John's being a right pain in the neck. Can't you tell him to go away.

See more about a pain in the neck, and a mini quiz, in out Idioms Reference at:
http://www.englishclub.com/ref/esl/Idio ... ck_472.htm


- It's a pain in the neck answering a phone call at midnight.

Is the example correct?
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Re: a pain in the neck

Postby Josef » Sat Aug 16, 2008 7:36 pm

Bambang wrote:- It's a pain in the neck answering a phone call at midnight.
Is the example correct?

Your example is good. You could also say something like:
- Answering a phone call at midnight is a right pain in the neck.
- It's a real pain in the neck having to answer a phone call at midnight.
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Re: a pain in the neck

Postby Bambang » Tue Aug 19, 2008 4:49 am

Josef wrote:
Bambang wrote:- It's a pain in the neck answering a phone call at midnight.
Is the example correct?

Your example is good. You could also say something like:
- Answering a phone call at midnight is a right pain in the neck.
- It's a real pain in the neck having to answer a phone call at midnight.


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