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Illnesses and Medical Advice

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I. Introduction:

Staying healthy is something we all try to do, but getting sick is sometimes unavoidable. Many people now seek online medical advice from doctors and Websites, and people even consider buying prescription medication online. Listen to the words below and consult a dictionary if you need a definition. Write a sample sentence for each word to learn how it is used in context, as seen in the example. You can use the Internet to find such sentences.

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Illnesses that use the article "a/an"

  • cold
  • cough
  • cut
  • eye infection
  • fever
  • headache
  • stomachache
  • sore throat
  • toothache
  • sunburn
Illnesses that use the article "the"
  • flu
  • hiccups
  • measles
Illnesses that use no article
  • AIDS
  • cancer
  • diarrhea
  • dry skin
  • insomnia
  • malaria
  • eat right
  • get plenty of rest
  • go on a diet
  • put on a bandage
  • put on some ointment
  • take some aspirin
  • take some cough drops
  • take some medicine
  • stay physically fit

II. Practice: Top
Now, complete the sentences below with the best answer:
1. Heather has been running __________ for the past two days, and we can't seem to lower her temperature.

A. a fever B. the hiccups C. insomnia

2. You ought to ____________ on that cut before it gets infected.

A. take some medicine B. get plenty of rest C. put a bandage

3. Sasha has really __________ caused, in part, by this area's climate. She might want to buy some lotion to moisturize her hands.

A. the flu B. dry skin C. cough

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III. Follow-Up: Top
What are some home remedies that you take for the following illnesses: a cold, the flue, a fever, a headache, nausea (a feeling of throwing up), and a sore throat. For example, some people eat hot chicken soup to fight a cold.

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