I seem to be getting lots of (little) aches and pains.


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I never used to worry about my health until recently. When I was a kid, I did loads of exercise. Even in my twenties and thirties I was very fit and never ill. I have been lucky all my life – always in the best of health. I rarely get even a cold. I suppose time catches up with you. Now I seem to be getting lots of little aches and pains.

The above sentences are extracted from an English lesson. I am confused about the phrase "little aches and pains". My understanding is that "aches and pains" means "minor pains". So it seems that "little" is redundant.

Here is the link: http://www.listenaminute.com/h/health.html

Please give me a hand.

  • Egmont

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    The writer wants to emphasize that these are small problems, not large ones. I don't see a problem either. We do not always have to reduce every statement to its theoretical minimum length.
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