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Complete the word formation table. Use a dictionary if necessary



 

verb noun adjective
breastfeed drug pregnant
clot dehydration sensitive
  ulcer  
  effect  

The medical words in the box below can also be used in a metaphorical way. Fill the gaps in the following text using these words. Use a dictionary if necessary.

 

Paralysed ailing fatal rash
disease prognosis fever contagious

 

The country has been …................................................ (1) by the latest rail strike, with no rail services at all running today. The railway service has been …................................................ (2) for some time, but if today's action is prolonged it may prove …................................................ (3) to the rail industry. The Minister for Transport commented, 'The country has been suffering from a …................................................ (4) of local strikes since the first one in Nortown last month. It was…................................................ (5) and one strike led to another. Things reached ….......................................... (6) pitch last week and we can only hope that this …................................................ (7) will come to an end soon.' The minister's …................................................ (8) is that things will only start to improve once people appreciate the seriousness of the situation.

 

Asking about Health

Listen to the dialogues, read them. Ask about health using the phrases:

 

When an Englishman asks you about your health, he is probably only doing so out of politeness. Unless he knows you have been ill, he is certainly not expecting a detailed medical report, and will be most surprised if you give him one.

 

(i) (ii) (iii) (iv)
A How's your father keeping? Where's Tony this evening? How's your brother these days? I haven't seen Bob lately. How is he?
B He's been off work for a day or two. He's not feeling very well. He hasn't been too well just recently. As a matter of fact, he's laid up.1
  A What's wrong with him?   Really? What's the trouble?   I'm sorry to hear that. What's the matter?   Oh dear! What's up with him?
  B He's gone down with a cold.   I think he must have eaten something.   I think he's been over­working.   We don't know, but we're havin the doctor in to­morrow.
  A Tell him I hope he soon feels better.   Give him my regards and tell him to take things easy.   I hope he soon gets over it.   Let me know if there's any­thing I can do.
  B That's very kind of you. I'll pass it on.     Thank you very much. I'll tell him what you said.   Thank you. He'll be pleased to hear you asked after him.   Thanks very much. I'll tell him you inquired about him.



1laid up: il

 





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