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How should I write in correct way these sentences?

He... groans of pain or Groans in pain or Groans from pain?

I wanted to also look for words that can be replaced or formulated in another way. For example "He groans of discomfort", "He hisses of pain". I would like to find more ideas. Is the word "groans" can be replaced by "moans" and can means the same?

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Perhaps "He gave out groans of pain", but if groans is to be used as a verb, "He groans in pain". It would be plausible, but unlikely/clumsy, to say "He groans from pain". – FumbleFingers Jan 22 '12 at 11:28
Agreeing to what fumblefingers said, I would like to add that in most cases, groan and moan can be used interchangeably. Moreover, there's a phrase: moan and groan which means "to grumble or complain" – Serrated Symphony Jan 22 '12 at 11:39
@Serrated Symphony: Quite right. I was almost going to say before that groaning in pain is a bit tautological (why else would you groan?) But you've succinctly identified the other reason. Now I think on it, I suppose there's a sort of third reason that you might use here in comments (rolls eyes upwards in exasperation). – FumbleFingers Jan 22 '12 at 11:45
@FumbleFingers: i know exactly what you are hinting at! And I thought of mentioning it too.. but then dropped the idea. (I'm such a prude at times!) – Serrated Symphony Jan 22 '12 at 13:59
sigh. (groan! :) – FumbleFingers Jan 22 '12 at 14:13
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"Pain" may collocate with the preposition "in" as in:

He groans in pain.

and may also be used together with "groan with", "scream with", "cry in" as in:

He screamed with pain.

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