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Describing Symptoms

Jamie has been feeling unwell and has arranged an appointment with the doctor. He explains his symptoms to the doctor...

Doctor White: Hello Jamie, can you confirm your date of birth for me, please?

Jamie: Yes, it’s the 20/01/95.

Doctor White: OK, great. How can I help you today?

Jamie: I’ve had a bad cough for the last two weeks and I’ve been feeling very unwell recently.

Doctor White: Are you having any other problems?

Jamie: Well, I’ve been having aches and pains in my back too.

Doctor White: Do you smoke? Do you have any allergies that you know about?

Jamie: No, I don’t smoke, and I don’t have any allergies.

Doctor White: OK, now, let’s have a look at your throat first. Could you please open your mouth and say ‘ah’?

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Describing Symptoms


Phrasal verb
Example sentence
To come around

To become conscious again after an illness or an operation

One hour after the operation, she started to come around.

To shake something off

To get rid of an illness

I really hope I can shake this cold off before the weekend.

To pass out

To become unconscious for a short period of time.

When the ball hit her on the head, she passed out.

To pick something up

To start to suffer from something

She picked up the cold when she was- on holiday.

To come down with something

To start to suffer symptoms of an illness.

I think I’m starting to come down with the flu.

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