‘Relapse’ or ‘Recur’?

Nobody wants a disease to recur, and nobody who has had a disease want a relapse.

Mignon Fogarty
2-minute read
Episode #656
Relapse or Recur?


  1. The doctor said Herman’s cancer was unlikely to recur.
  2. Maria’s symptoms recurred after she ran out of medicine.
  3. Darin relapsed after switching to the new treatment.
  4. We all worried Curtis would relapse someday.
  5. Universal themes tend to recur across cultures in art and literature.

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About the Author

Mignon Fogarty

Mignon Fogarty is the founder of Quick and Dirty Tips and the author of seven books on language, including the New York Times bestseller "Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing." She is an inductee in the Podcasting Hall of Fame, and the show is a five-time winner of Best Education Podcast in the Podcast Awards. She has appeared as a guest expert on the Oprah Winfrey Show and the Today Show.

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