15.04.2016 |

Episode #8 of the course “Common English phrasal verbs: Part 1” by Angela Boothroyd

look after

If you look after somebody or something, you do whatever is needed to keep them healthy and well, or in good condition.

Examples of use:

a) Eric looks after his family very well.

b) Look after your new shoes.

c) Can you look after your sister while I’m busy with the housework, please?

d) Look after yourself while I’m away.

Take care of has the same meaning.

8.1 Phrasal verbs 1

look up (somebody)

To look somebody up (or look up somebody) is to locate and visit someone you have not seen for a long time.

Examples of use:

a) Look me up if you are ever in England.

b) I went to Newcastle on business last week and I looked up an old friend.

c) My friends were on holiday in my city, so they looked me up and we all went to a restaurant for a meal.

8.2 Phrasal verbs 1

look up (something)

To look up something (or look something up) is to try and find a piece of information in a book (such as a dictionary, directory, thesaurus or encyclopaedia), or by using a computer.

Examples of use:

a) I’m looking up information about phrasal verbs.

b) Look up the meaning of new English words in your dictionary.

c) I looked up her telephone number in the telephone directory.

d) Q. What are you doing ?
    A. I’m looking up the population of Brazil for my geography project.

8.3 Phrasal verbs 1


Recommended book

“McGraw-Hill’s Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs” by Richard Spears


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