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    be sick/feel sick

    Hi everyone,

    Situation:

    A patient complaining about his stomach ache.

    Doctor: Have you felt sick? (Have you vomited?)
    Patient: I've been sick quite a few times. (I vomited quite a few times.)

    Does " feel sick" and "be sick" in this context mean "to vomit"?

    Thank you.

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    Re: be sick/feel sick

    To feel sick is to feel nauseated (as if you might subsequently vomit).

    To be sick is to vomit.

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    Re: be sick/feel sick

    Note that "feeling sick" in the US means "feel ill" -- it does not mean only nausea/stomach sick, but could include a cold, the flu, etc.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: be sick/feel sick

    Quote Originally Posted by worcester View Post
    Hi everyone,

    Situation:

    A patient complaining about his stomach ache.

    Doctor: Have you felt sick? (Have you vomited?)
    Patient: I've been sick quite a few times. (I vomited quite a few times.)

    Does " feel sick" and "be sick" in this context mean "to vomit"?

    Thank you.
    In AmE, you will often hear: "I am/feel/am feeling sick to my stomach" to mean "likely to vomit.

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    Re: be sick/feel sick

    Quote Originally Posted by worcester View Post
    Doctor: Have you felt sick? (Have you vomited?)
    Have you been sick? works better for me. Have you felt sick could also mean ill/unwell in British English.

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    Re: be sick/feel sick

    There's usually a context. "The kitten has just been sick all over the new carpet" probably won't be misunderstood.
    But a doctor is unlikely to ask, "Have you been sick?" He will ask whether you've been vomiting. (His time is limited).

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