Grammar Patterns

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The 'pain' group

These nouns indicate that something is unpleasant or difficult.
He is obviously enjoying it enormously though he says it is a bore having to go abroad so much.
All agreed that it was a nightmare trying to make her talk.
It's a pain trying them on, finding styles and sizes that are right for me.
It's a strain being in the wrong job.
Problem is often used with the determiner no.
It's no problem asking someone out, men find it exciting.
  • bind
  • bitch
  • blow
  • bore
  • bugger
  • burden
  • challenge
  • chore
  • disappointment
  • fag
  • nightmare
  • nuisance
  • pity
  • problem
  • shame
  • shock
  • slog
  • strain
  • struggle
  • task
  • wrench
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