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The difference between “sick” and “sick”

The difference between“sick“y“sick“

“Sick“y“sick“they are easy to confuse because they both describe health problems. However, there is a difference between“sick“y“sick“.

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Adjectives“sick“y“sick“mean“discomfort“. With the exception of its use in established terms (for example, sick leave, ill health),“sick“y“sick“can generally be used interchangeably, but“sick“dominates in both the UK and the US.

In British English,“ill“is used slightly more commonly than in the US (especially with the verb“to feel“).

In both American and British English,“sick“is the word of choice when someone is physically vomiting or temporarily feeling unwell.

More about“Ill“and“Sick“

“Sick“It usually appears in these terms:

  • sick day
  • sick leave
  • sick pay
  • seasick
  • carsick
  • sick and tired

“Sick“is commonly seen in these terms:

  • terminally ill
  • ill-health
  • to take ill

Example Sentences with“Sick“and“Ill“

Here are some examples with“sick“y“sick“:

  • I can’t travel by boat because I feel sick immediately. ✔️
    (Here,“sick“refers to physically vomiting. In this context,“sick“is preferred over“ill.“)
  • Being healthy is the crown that only the sick can see. A lot of times, we take it for granted. (Comedian Hasan Minhaj) ✔️
    (Here,“sick“refers to being in poor health. Even in this context,“sick“is more common than“ill.“)
  • Kate has taken ill with a chest infection. ✔️
    (“To take ill“is a set phrase.)
  • The most important thing when ill is to never lose heart. (Premier of the Soviet Union Vladimir Lenin) ✔️
    (This was a translation by a British interpreter. An American interpreter would likely have used“sick,“but both words are an option.)

Illness, Sickness, or Disease?

Aunque“sick“y“sick“can be used interchangeably“illness“y“illness“No. Medical sociology has long made the distinction between illness and disease.

  • A sickness is the point of view of society or a community about a disease or other condition (not necessarily a medical condition).
  • An illness is a period of illness that affects the body or mind.
  • A disease is a medical condition. Only a medical professional can diagnose an illness.

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