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English Phrasal Verbs

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Let's continue looking at the verb 'to look' combined with particles:

'to look on' means to watch something happen.

  • The Police just looked on as the demonstrators marched peacefully through the streets.
  • Nobody helped me. They just looked on as I struggled to get up off the street.

'to look on' also means to consider someone or something in a special way.

  • We are very close. I look on him as my brother.
  • Don't look on not getting the job as a failure. It's not.

'to look out' means be careful. It is always an order.

  • Look out! The boss is coming.
  • Look out! You're going to fall.

'to look out for' means to watch carefully around you so you will notice something or someone in particular.

  • When you go to the conference, look out for Anna. She will be there.
  • Janet is twenty next week. Can you look out for a present when you are in the shops?

'to look out for' can also mean to take care of someone.

  • Will is a great brother. He always looks out for his sisters.
  • She's very selfish. She just looks out for herself.

'to look over' means to quickly examine something.

  • At the end of the exam, I only had a few minutes to look over what I had written.
  • The doctor quickly looked him over before sending him for an x-ray.

'to look round' means to walk through a building or place to have a look at it.

  • When you travel on business, you don't have time to look round the places you visit.
  • The first time we looked round the house, we knew it was the house for us.

'to look through' means to quickly examine a text or some things.

  • I decided to give half my clothes away when I had looked through them.
  • We looked through the list of applicants and made a shortlist of the six best qualified.

'to look up' means to find a piece of information in a book or other source of information.

  • I didn't know the word so I looked it up in the dictionary.
  • I looked their address up in the Yellow Pages.

'to look up to' means to respect and admire someone.

  • My father's wonderful. He's the person I most look up to.
  • All his employees look up to him and admire him.

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