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.

 

QUIZ:

Use ill or sick in the following sentences:

  1. The food was bad, and made everybody __________ .

  2. They went to the hospital to visit the _________ .

  3. She’s ________ with a bad cold.

  4. When he travels by boat he’s always ________ .

  5. He was suddenly taken _______ .

 

KEY: 1. sick, 2. ill, 3. ill, 4. sick, 5. sick

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