ache for

Silver

Senior Member
Chinese,Cantonese,Sichuan dialect
Hi,

Today when I talked to someone online, she said that she "ached for" me. I didn't understand till I looked it up in dictionary; it means "long for, yearn".


But is it the right way to use it? I mean to say "long for someone rather than something"?


Thanks a lot
 
  • owlman5

    Senior Member
    English-US
    It sure is, Silver. That's a very passionate thing to say, so she obviously wants you to know that you are very important to her.
     

    owlman5

    Senior Member
    English-US
    Not only emotion, Silver, but sexual passion. If she doesn't really feel that way about you, she definitely used the wrong word.
     

    pops91710

    Senior Member
    English, AE
    A mother can ache for her children, and not be a sexual feeling. But unless this person is a very, very close long-time friend, Owlman has said it right. Kind of an odd thing to say, unless there is more than we know. Maybe she is still a novice student of English.
     

    Tazzler

    Senior Member
    American English
    I agree with the others. Maybe she was just being a little funny, as friends sometimes jokingly use such dramatic language.
     
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