If a person’s skin is cut into or punctured deeply enough, blood comes out from the cut. The flow of blood is described by the verb "bleed."

simplepastpast participle
  • Wendy cut her hand and it started to bleed.
  • If you are bleeding from a cut, you should put a band-aid on it.
  • I’m bleeding. I need a band-aid.
  • A man was hurt in a serious accident and bled to death before help arrived.
  • You can apply pressure to a deep cut to help stop the bleeding. (This sentence uses "bleeding" as a gerund.)
  • Oscar’s nose bleeds very easily.

his nose is bleeding His nose is bleeding.

The word "bleed" is a noun when it’s used with the word "nose." (This forms a compound noun.)

  • Some people suffer from nosebleeds in the winter because the air is so dry.
  • Julian has a nosebleed, but he can stop it by pinching his nostrils together.
  • Normally, a nosebleed doesn’t hurt.

The word "blood" is noun.

  • Blood dripped onto the floor when Vanessa cut herself.
  • There’s blood coming from Ron’s knee because he fell and scraped it on the pavement.
  • He has a bloody knee. (The word "bloody" is an adjective.)

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November 2, 2015