How can you be more specific with pain?

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Kwiziq community member

22 December 2017

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How can you be more specific with pain?

E.g., with knee pain it’s usually the left or the right knee rather than both. What do I add to say the right knee, or left eye, or front tooth etc. I guess the latter involves prepositions ...

This question relates to:
French lesson "Avoir mal (à) = To be in pain, to hurt somewhere"


Kwiziq language super star

22 December 2017


Bonjour Stuart !

In these cases, you will use the singular and add the adjectives for left (gauche) or right (droit/droite):

J'ai mal au genou gauche.
Tu as mal à l'oreille droite.
Il a mal à l'œil gauche.
Elle a mal à la dent de devant / aux dents de devant.
 (front teeth, more colloquial here)
Bonne journée !

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