5/7/17 What Collocates with ‘Pain’? (Part 2)

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Now, meaning unhappiness:

Adjectives

great, intense, terrible | emotional

Verbs + pain

cause (sb), give sb, inflict

  • Through her drug addiction she had inflicted a lot of pain on the family.

feel, go through | get over

  • It took him several years to get over the pain of losing his job.

ease | spare sb

  • We hoped to spare her the pain of having to meet her attacker.

express | conceal

  • He tried to conceal his pain from her.

bear, endure | be worth

  • The government has to persuade the people that the economic reforms are worth the pain.

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