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Describing Symptoms at the Doctors

Holly has been feeling very unwell since she returned from her holiday last week. She describes her symptoms to the doctor…

Doctor: Hello Holly. How can I help you today?

Holly: Well, I’ve been feeling really unwell since I returned from my holiday in Greece last week.

Doctor: OK. What are your symptoms?

Holly: Well, I have a sore throat, a fever and I have a lack of energy too.

Doctor: OK, let me take your temperature first… Yes, your temperature high, it’s 38… Let me have a look at your throat… Yes, it’s very inflamed too. It looks like you have a throat infection. Have you been having trouble eating?

Holly: Yes, it’s been very painful.

Doctor: I’m going to give you a course of anti-biotics for 2 weeks. You need to take two tablets twice a day, and always take them after food. If it doesn’t improve, please come back and see me.

Holly: OK, I will. Thank you very much for your help.

Doctor: No problem. I hope you’re feeling better soon!

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Describing Symptoms at the Doctors


Phrasal verb
Example sentence
To run up against

To experience something difficult and unexpected.

The politicians ran up against strong opposition from the people.

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To try very hard to deal with a problem or a difficult situation.

I wrestled with the decision for a few months before deciding to quit.

To think through

To carefully consider the possible results of doing something.

I need some time think this through before making a decision.

To knuckle down

To start working or studying harder.

He’s going to have to knuckle down if he wants to pass the course.

To talk over

To discuss a

problem or situation

with someone.

We talked over the

issues in the

meeting before

making a decision.

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