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Now fill the gaps using the expressions above



Example [Nurse to visitor in a hospital] 'I'm sorry, Mr Pickering is rather ....poorly..........today and we're not allowing visitors.’

 

1. [Someone speaking to a colleague just returned to work after an illness] 'Hello, Frank, good to see you ................................................................... .’

 

2. [Person ringing their place of work] 'Jo, I won't be in today, I've .................................................................................... a cold.’

 

3. [Person in hospital, just beginning to get better, talking to a visitor] 'Oh, I'm OK. I'm ........................................... ...................................... now. I still feel bad, but I should be out within a week or so.’

 

4. [Parent to a child with a cold] 'Don't worry, darling. Everyone has a cold now and then. You'll.................................................................................... it.’

5. [Someone to their partner, who is worried about them] 'Don't worry. It's nothing serious. I'm just feeling ...................................................................., that's all.’

 

6. [Someone ringing a workmate] 'I'm trying to ............................................ the flu, but nothing seems to help. I don't think I'll be in work tomorrow.’

 

7. Hilary was quite ill last week, but she's ..................................................... now and should be back at work next week.

 

? 20. Translate the sentences with minor ailments and ways of talking about minor problems:

 

Note that hurt is different from ache:

My arm hurts where I banged it against the car door. [gives pain caused by an injury]

My wrists ache from too much typing at the computer.

 

The fixed expression (the usual) aches and pains is often used to refer in a non-serious way to minor problems.

A: How've you been keeping recently, Mona?

B: Oh fine, you know, just the usual aches and pains.

 

The fixed expression cuts and bruises can refer to minor injuries.

A: I hear you fell off your bicycle. Are you all right?

B: Yeah, fine, just a few cuts and bruises, nothing serious.

 

Some other kinds of physical discomfort:

My hand is stinging since I touched that plant. [sudden, burning pain]

My head is throbbing. [beating with pain]

 

I have a stiff neck from turning round to look at the computer screen all day. I'll have to move the monitor to a better position. [pain and difficulty in moving your neck round]

I feel a bit dizzy. I think I should sit down. [a feeling that you are spinning round and can't balance]



She was a bit feverish this morning, so I told her to stay in bed. [with a high temperature]

I had a terrible nauseous feeling after taking the medicine, but it passed. [feeling that you want to vomit]

He was trembling all over; I knew it must be something serious. [shaking]

My nose is all bunged up today with this horrible cold. [blocked]

 

Other informal expressions that mean 'not well, but not seriously ill':

 

You look a bit off-colour today. Are you all right?

I was feeling a bit under the weather, so I stayed home that day.

I'm just feeling a bit out of sorts, it's nothing to worry about. I'll be fine tomorrow.

21.What do you know about alternative medicine? Learn the new words and use them in the sentences of your own.

 

Nowadays a lot of people prefer alternative medicine (different from typical western systems). For example:





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