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Feeling Unwell

Joanne is at school and she feels unwell, so she calls her mum….

Joanne: Hi Mum, I really don’t feel well today… I think I might be getting the flu…

Mum: Oh no! Why do you think that?

Joanne: Well, I’ve got a terrible headache and my throat is really sore too…

Mum: Does anything else hurt?

Joanne: Yes, mum, my back is really sore, and I feel awful!

Mum: Mm… your exam is today, isn’t it? Are you sure it’s not just exam nerves?

Joanne: No, I’m sure it’s not!

Mum: Well, come home if you feel really unwell. You’ll not be able to go the cinema tonight either!

Joanne: Oh, mum…

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Feeling Unwell


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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