Present Simple with expressing pain

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Present Simple with expressing pain

Post by rotan » Sat Nov 28, 2020 11:37 am

Why do we use the Present Simple, and not the Present Continuous when talking about pain?
For example:
Why "my leg hurts" instead of "my leg is hurting"?
Doesn't a temporary pain technically meet the basic Present Continuous criteria?

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Re: Present Simple with expressing pain

Post by Alan » Wed Dec 02, 2020 3:30 am

Actually either is possible, but the former is often used interchangeably with the latter to denote current pain. (A similar thing applies to the verb 'feel': 'how do you feel' can be used to mean 'how are you feeling?")