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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #109786: Sickness and diseases
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    Sickness and diseases

    Use the following words to describe sickness.

    Catch (verb)This word is used specially for cold, flu and pneumonia.

    Ex: About 20% of people catch flu every year in the United States.

    Get (verb) - For any disease

    Ex: You often get fever, please consult your doctor.

    Come down with (Idiom) -To get an illness that is not serious, like cold.

    Ex: I came down with a cold and couldn't go to the office.

    Contract (verb)This word is formal and medical; it is used especially for serious and deadly diseases, like HIV , Aids or viruses.

    Ex: You can contract HIV through unprotected sex with an infected person.

    Be infected with (expression) For viruses or HIV

    Ex: If a pregnant woman is infected with HIV, the infection can pass to her child.

    Develop (verb) - to begin to have a disease like cancer, ulcer, asthma,diabetes, rash, hepatitis etc.

    Ex: He developed cancer six months ago.

    Have (verb)For any disease

    Ex: He had a heart attack as he entered the office.

    Provoke (verb)to cause allergic reaction

    Ex: Intense sunlight provokes allergic reaction on my skin.

    Feel (verb) - aware of sensation

    Ex: I feel nauseous.

    Run a temperature/run a fever (idioms) -continue to have a fever/ a temperature

    Ex: My daughter is running a fever so I won't send her to school today.

    Suffer from (expression) -badly affected by a disease which is permanent, yet a person can feel well sometimes.

    Ex: He is suffering from asthma.

    Battle/fight (verbs) -to try very hard with a difficult situation or a disease.

    Ex: You have to be honest with yourself if you are fighting alcoholism.

    Be laid up with/ be in bed with(expressions) - Both expressions mean lying down on bed when ill.

    Ex: I have been laid up with cold since yesterday. / I have been in bed with cold since yesterday.


    Choose the correct verb or expression:

    Catch, get, provoke, in bed with, have,battling, develop, suffering from, infected with, come down with, feel, running a temperature, contract.

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    1. He has been flu for the last couple of days.

    2. It is common to a cold in winter.

    3. She died yesterday after with cancer for two years.

    4. When I read too much, I a headache.

    5. If you are heart disease, avoid fatty and oily foods.

    6. When you are flu, avoid cold drinks.

    7. I am ; I don't think I can attend a meeting today.

    8. Ebola can be through close and physical contact with an infected person.

    9. I cold today because of bad weather.

    10. Finally doctors confirmed that she is not with Ebola.

    11. Nuts may allergic reactions in some people.

    12. People who are physically inactive are more likely to diabetes.

    13. If you a cold, drink a lot of water.

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