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    Smile apply this medicine

    To prevent the wound from becoming infected, apply this medicine and then keep it dry.


    As I have only heard "apply this ointment on the wound" but not "apply this medicine," I wonder if it sounds right.


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    Re: apply this medicine

    What was the "medicine" ?

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    Re: apply this medicine

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    What was the "medicine" ?
    Thank you, Anglika.
    This is a stand-alone example from a textbook; there is no further context.

    so, do you think it sounds right?


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    Re: apply this medicine

    No.

    You could apply "medication" or "salve" or "ointment". Medicine is usually regarded as a preparation that is ingested.

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    Re: apply this medicine

    The sentence is absolutely fine by me. No where does it say that medicine can only be ingested. Medicine is anything that contains 'medicinal ingredients'.

    medicine: a substance or preparation used in treating disease.


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    Re: apply this medicine

    Dictionaries do so vary : this is what mine has

    2 a drug or other preparation taken by mouth in order to treat or prevent disease.

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    Re: apply this medicine

    Really? I'm surprised to hear that; that's certainly not the usage in North America.

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    Smile Re: apply this medicine

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    The sentence is absolutely fine by me. No where does it say that medicine can only be ingested. Medicine is anything that contains 'medicinal ingredients'.

    medicine: a substance or preparation used in treating disease.
    By the way, usually I have the impression that it should be "The sentence is fine with me." What on earth is it? By me or with me?

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    #9

    Re: apply this medicine

    The sentence is absolutely fine by me


    I would also say "fine by me".

    My humble opinion:

    medicine (from Cambridge Advanced Learner's dictionary):

    "a substance, especially in the form of a liquid or a pill, which is a treatment for illness or injury"

    medicine: (Collins COBUILD)

    "Medicine is a substance that you drink or swallow in order to cure an illness."

    I'm gonna have to take sides with Anglika on that one.

    This being said, Google does give quite a few examples of "applying a medicine" to a wound or something similar.

    A tough one.

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