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.
|When she came round, she was in hospital.
|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.
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).