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When a specific event hurts emotionally can you use the phrase “This is so hurting”? Or “This is hurting”? For instance when looking at the death toll for the corona virus and saying “This is so hurting”?

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The subject "this" is not used in this case. Use a pronoun, e.g.

They are hurting.

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I don't think so. Because as I know, "hurting" can come either as a noun or a verb. And you used it as an adjective. I guess the common phrase that gives the meaning you want is " It hurts." or " It really hurts."

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scarf red 85When a specific event hurts emotionally can you use the phrase “This is so hurting”? Or “This is hurting”?

No, in the "emotional" context, the suitable word(s) probably are terrifying, painful or depressing" depending on the rest of the content. It is terrifying to see the death toll rising in Italy every day.

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