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A person heals when his or her physical condition improves. This word is similar to the verb phrase, "get better."

  • Your body needs time to heal if you get sick. (Your body needs time to get better.*)
  • He’s still healing after a bad accident.
  • Bob needs to see a doctor because the sore on his leg still hasn’t healed. (It hasn’t gotten better.)
  • Cough drops soothe and heal a sore throat.
  • She’s still healing in the wake of a bad breakup. (The word "heal" can be used for emotional or mental recovery from the end of a relationship.)
  • How do you heal a broken heart?
  • Following the end of the civil war, it took many years for the nation to heal.
  • A faith healer is a religious person who can heal people of their illnesses simply by touching their bodies.

His body needs time to heal.

The word "healing" can be used as an adjective or as a noun.

  • Some people who bought the healing crystals were fooled into believing the crystals could deliver relief from pain.
  • The healing waters at the spa provided relief from arthritis.
  • Scientists and doctors are skeptical of faith healing.
  • Healing takes time. (In this sentence, "healing" is a gerund.)

*Note: Some people use "get better" instead of "heal." If you choose to use "get better" instead of "heal," this verb phrase is used without an object.

  • My arm is getting better. (okay)
  • The doctor is getting better my arm. (Incorrect!)
  • The medicine healed my illness. (okay)
  • The medicine got better my illnes. (Incorrect!)

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December 8, 2014



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