"I had a headache" is a phrase which is often translated as "me dolió la cabeza", and "my head hurt" is a phrase which is often translated as "me dolía la cabeza". Learn more about the difference between "I had a headache" and "my head hurt" below.
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I had a headache
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
a. me dolió la cabeza (preterite)
I didn't go last night because I had a headache.No fui anoche porque me dolió la cabeza.
b. tuve dolor de cabeza (preterite)
I couldn't sleep last night because I had a headache.No pude dormir anoche porque tuve dolor de cabeza.
c. me dolía la cabeza (imperfect)
I had a headache and I couldn't eat.Me dolía la cabeza y no pude comer.
d. tenía dolor de cabeza (imperfect)
I went home early because I had a headache.Me fui a casa pronto porque tenía dolor de cabeza.