SICK or ILL?
Don’t say: He’s been sick for over a year.
Say: He’s been ill for over a year.
! To be ill means to be in bad health. To be sick means to vomit. We sometimes use sick idiomatically to mean feeling ill: The smell made me sick.
Use ill or sick in the following sentences:
The food was bad, and made everybody __________ .
They went to the hospital to visit the _________ .
She’s ________ with a bad cold.
When he travels by boat he’s always ________ .
He was suddenly taken _______ .
KEY: 1. sick, 2. ill, 3. ill, 4. sick, 5. sick