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, 2010 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

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  • If the pain is both Noun an Verb both the sentence should be correct?
    – Amitabh
    Sep 24, 2010 at 10:02
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    Yup, Pain is a transitive verb. Sep 24, 2010 at 11:15
  • It is paining me to see you like this ;)
    – mplungjan
    Jun 29, 2011 at 9:40
  • @Amitabh The intransitive use of "to pain" - "My eyes are paining" - is not used in current English.
    – Greybeard
    Apr 15, 2020 at 15:10

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