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    sick or ill

    can you guys tell me what is the different of sick and ill?
    thanks

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    Re: sick or ill

    Quote Originally Posted by Dararoath View Post
    can you guys tell me what is the different of sick and ill?
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    In many contexts they are similar or interchangeable. Could you provide a specific example?

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    Re: sick or ill

    Quote Originally Posted by Dararoath View Post
    can you guys tell me what is the different of sick and ill?
    thanks
    Hi, Dararoath, I have news for you.
    Most Brits do not use "ill" in front of a noun unless they are also using an adverb to modify it. For example, they do not talk about "an ill woman", but they might talk about " a seriously ill woman".

    Americans and Scots sometimes use "ill" in front of a noun without using an adverb.
    E.g. We had to get medical help for our ill brothers.
    Hence,
    She is sick/ill. (used as adjectival complement: interchangeable)
    She is a sick girl. She is a seriously ill girl.
    The woman felt sick/looked sick/was sick soon after we are put to sea.
    (Not a teacher)

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