Phrasal Verbs for Illnesses
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: sb means somebody and 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|
There are also some adjectives which look like phrasal verbs to talk about illness.
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 also 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)
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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).