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    Do we take/eat medicine?

    When a patient goes to see a medical practitioner and he examines him/her and prescribes him/her medicine. Can we say.

    Alicia is sick, she went to the doctor but she is not taking the medicine he prescribed for her.

    Alicia is sick, she went to the doctor but she is not eating the medicine he prescribed for her.

    Also tell me do we need to use the preposition "for" in
    the medicine he prescribed for her.

    or should it be to
    the medicine he prescribed to her.

    or no preposition is needed her
    the medicine he prescribed her

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    Re: Do we take/eat medicine?

    While Google is not perfect, you could do a quick search for the phrase "take medicine" and "eat medicine" and see what conclusions you can draw yourself.

    I would use "for."

    You have a comma splice. Alicia is sick. She went to... OR Alicia is sick; she went to...
    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: Do we take/eat medicine?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    You have a comma splice. Alicia is sick. She went to... OR Alicia is sick; she went to...
    I am always confused about where to put comma and where to put semi colon. I am extremely sorry about my punctuation.

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    Re: Do we take/eat medicine?

    When you have what can be a sentence (Alicia is sick) you have an independent clause.
    Do not joint two independent clauses with just a comma. You can use a conjunction (and, but, because, etc.) or a semi-colon.

    What did you find about eating/taking medication?
    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: Do we take/eat medicine?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    When you have what can be a sentence (Alicia is sick) you have an independent clause.
    Do not joint two independent clauses with just a comma. You can use a conjunction (and, but, because, etc.) or a semi-colon.

    What did you find about eating/taking medication?
    We do use take medicine, take pill very commonly here in Pakistan. And it is also used in our newspapers and their online versions on the web both in India and Pakistan. So google does show them.

    But I am not sure about the Americans and British people if they use "take" with medicine or not. Because I was surprised to find out that Americans and British people don't use "take" with tea as well as with meals. But we do use them here "take tea" means to drink tea "take dinner" means eat dinner. We had a long discussion about that on one of my previous threads. Now, similarly I was wondering if that is also the case with medication. And I haven't found out my answer yet.

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    Re: Do we take/eat medicine?

    We take medicine/pills/tablets/drugs/capsules/supplements.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Do we take/eat medicine?

    Click here for another resource you could have consulted.

    Frankly, I'm amazed that there are any examples of 'eat medicine' recorded.

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    Re: Do we take/eat medicine?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post

    Frankly, I'm amazed that there are any examples of 'eat medicine' recorded.
    We don't use eat medicine either, But we do use take tea, take lunch/dinner/breakfast. I was just wondering if you guys also use "take" for medicine.

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    Re: Do we take/eat medicine?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    We take medicine/pills/tablets/drugs/capsules/supplements.
    Bingo, that's exactly what I was looking for. That's my answer.

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    Re: Do we take/eat medicine?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aamir Tariq View Post
    And I haven't found out my answer yet.
    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    While Google is not perfect, you could do a quick search for the phrase "take medicine" and "eat medicine" and see what conclusions you can draw yourself.
    Did you do this?
    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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