This is going to sting/burn.

tigerduck

Senior Member
German / Switzerland
Hello

Before the doctor sprays disinfectant onto a wound, s/he often says to the patient "this is going to sting". My question is whether burn ca be used instead of sting in such a context.
 
  • PaulQ

    Senior Member
    UK
    English - England
    I would not use "burn"; "this is going to sting" is almost a set phrase for such circumstances.
     
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