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    home sick

    My friend stabbed me in the back by telling the teacher I was playing hooky when I was home sick.
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    hospital ship
    ■ noun a ship which functions as a hospital, especially to receive or take home sick or wounded military personnel.
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    Dictionaries say that homesick/home-sick is "experiencing a longing for one's home during a period of absence from it".
    But the "home sick" in the quotes has a different meaning, right?
    Thanks.

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    Re: home sick

    Completely different.
    I was at home in a state of being unwell. I was home sick.
    The ships returns wounded or ill service members to their homes. It takes home those who are sick or inured. It takes home sick service members.
    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: home sick

    This is why we should be careful about compound words. "I am home sick" and "I am homesick" mean two different things.

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