Phrasal Verbs for Illness
We can use a lot of phrasal verbs to talk about illnesses. Look at these examples for 1-2 minutes and try to remember as many as possible. Then click to hide the information and try to answer the questions.
Note: sth means something.
|You'll throw up if you keep eating.||be sick, vomit|
|I think I'm coming down with a cold.||become sick (not serious)|
|It took me weeks to get over my cold.||recover from sth|
|I'll pass out if you don't open a window.||faint, lose consciousness|
|When she came to, she was in hospital.||recover consciousness|
|When she came round, she was in hospital.||recover consciousness|
|Eat oranges to help fight off a cold.||stop yourself getting ill|
|I've broken out in a rash.||sth appears suddenly|
|He was run over by a lorry.||hit by a vehicle|
|He passed away peacefully in the night.||die|
You can sometimes make phrasal verbs into adjectives:
- I feel really worn out. = tired
- I feel really run down. = tired and ill
Some phrasal verbs can become nouns. For example to break out can mean "to start suddenly". The noun is an outbreak.
- Bird flu has broken out in China. (verb)
- There has been an outbreak of bird flu in China. (noun)
Practice 1: multiple choice
Choose the best word to complete the following sentences.
Practice 2: missing words
Be careful - the missing word could be any part of the verb (e.g. bring / brought / bringing), or the particle (in, on, round).