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For example, which of the following sentences is correct:

  1. My eyes are paining.
  2. There is a pain in my eyes.
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If you are looking for a verb, you might wish to use "hurt" instead. "My eyes are hurting." –  RegDwigнt Sep 24 '10 at 10:02

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Sentence 2 is correct: "there is a pain in my eyes".

Pain can be a noun or verb, for example:

The pain is terrible = noun

It pains me to see you this way = verb

For more details please see:

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/pain

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If the pain is both Noun an Verb both the sentence should be correct? –  Amitabh Sep 24 '10 at 10:02
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Yup, Pain is a transitive verb. –  Vaibhav Garg Sep 24 '10 at 11:15
    
It is paining me to see you like this ;) –  mplungjan Jun 29 '11 at 9:40

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