November 2, 2015
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."
- 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.
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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