Feel vs. Sick

In British English, ill means unwell. Ill is most common in predicative position.

  • She couldn’t come because she was ill.

Before a noun, many British people prefer to use sick.

  • She spent years looking after her sick husband. (NOT … looking after her ill husband.)

Be sick can mean vomit.

  • I feel sick. Where is the bathroom?

Manjusha Nambiar

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