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Body ache word doubt

Post by KanoWhitman » Fri Mar 29, 2019 6:17 pm

Hi everyone. Thanks for reading.

I've been looking for a proper answer to this question on the web but it's been fruitless.
A student asked me why "Body Ache" goes separately and all the other "Aches" go together. I also know there are different spelling for the same word too. Think about "headache", "stomachache", "stomach ache", "heartache"
I thought it's just a matter of language arbitrariness. Is there a rule for 'these words? Could they be spelled in both ways? The thing is I haven't found the word "Bodyache" (I have bodyaches)
I'd like to know if someone has another possible answer to this.

Thanks again. Any answer will be helpful.

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Re: Body ache word doubt

Post by Joe » Thu Apr 04, 2019 2:11 pm

What is a bodyache? I don't think that word exists.

The following page on aches may help you:
https://www.englishclub.com/ref/esl/Pow ... s_2945.php
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Re: Body ache word doubt

Post by KanoWhitman » Fri Apr 05, 2019 11:25 pm

It does.
https://www.healthline.com/health/body-aches

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Re: Body ache word doubt

Post by Firefox » Sat Apr 06, 2019 2:41 am

It seems you answered you own question in your original post. The term "bodyache" is not in the dictionary.

We may say "I have body aches" but I don't think we say "I have a body ache".

The concept of a (single) body ache doesn't seem to exist. Only individual body aches in various parts of the body.

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Re: Body ache word doubt

Post by KanoWhitman » Sun Apr 07, 2019 12:37 am

My doubt is if you can spell bodyaches just like headaches or toothaches, since the last two can also be spelled head aches and tooth aches. Separately.

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Re: Body ache word doubt

Post by elmirau » Sun Apr 07, 2019 2:22 am

Very interesting question. Thanks. Made me think about it. I didn't realize that you can do it both ways.

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Re: Body ache word doubt

Post by Joe » Sun Apr 07, 2019 3:13 am

KanoWhitman wrote:
Sun Apr 07, 2019 12:37 am
My doubt is if you can spell bodyaches just like headaches or toothaches, since the last two can also be spelled head aches and tooth aches. Separately.
Given that the word "bodyache" does not exist, it follows that there is no plural form of it.

Even the webpage that you cite does not refer to "bodyaches" but to "body aches".

bodyaches :nok:
body aches :ok:

Just out of interest, what do think a "bodyache" would be (if it existed)?
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