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19 December 2018
One of the first sentences I learned years ago was “J’ai un mal du tête” for i have a headache. This was from a Parisienne. Was this less formal?
This question relates to:French lesson "Avoir mal (à) = To be in pain, to hurt somewhere"
Just a slight correction: J'ai mal à la tête. This is perfectly ok to say, and it is certainly not slang.
I think Rose Marie meant "J'ai un mal de tête". I don't know if that would be considered less formal. This thread on WordReference suggests it's more complicated than that.
One user says:
On dit "j'ai mal à la tête" ou "j'ai un (violent) mal de tête"
Dans la deuxième expression, il y a toujours un adjectif pour qualifier le mal de tête.
Another user says that there is often an adjective, but not always.
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