I have a headache. I have headache.

Which one should be the correct and valid sentence? Please explain it with reasons. Thanks.

  • A question you could answer by looking at a dictionary.
    – rogermue
    Aug 27, 2015 at 6:28

1 Answer 1


'Headache' is countable.


I have a headache

This is strange, but we just need to remember it that way.

In BrE, some ailments such as stomach-ache, toothache, earache, etc fall under uncountable category. But in AmE, they are both - Reference.

Another reference from MW Dictionary as I find:

A count noun (or "countable noun") is a noun that can be counted, can be plural, and can be used with both singular and plural nouns. Headache, toothache, and stomachache are all count nouns because they meet those three criteria.

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    The English article system gives me a headache once in a while. (0: Aug 27, 2015 at 6:52

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