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Today’s English Bite is a suggestion from some of you guys: Phrasal Verbs!
Phrasal WHAT? LOL
What a common question and intonation – but wait, I’ll explain that to you in a very short and easy way so you don’t forget about it and furthermore, you can be able to use it more confidently.
A phrasal verb is basically a verb with a preposition BUT every time that preposition changes, the meaning will also change. You will understand better what I mean along this audio. The verb that I chose for today is TO LOOK. And be careful with the pronunciation alright? TO LOOK (the letter K is barely pronounced) TO LOOK and the past of this verb is LOOKED (not /lukedi/ but /luckd/. Come on, you have to try. Repeat after me ok? TO LOOK, LOOKED. There you go!
Now let’s check our phrasal verbs with TO LOOK. Today we’re gonna have 8 of them. And the first one is:
- TO LOOK AT: When you look at someone or something, it means you are examining something or even considering something before making a decision. For example: “I have to look at those documents before giving you an answer.” or “Why are you looking at her?” (girls, memorize that question, ok? LOL “looking at / examining… You know? Hahaha I’m just kidding)
- Next one: TO LOOK TO: You should use the phrasal verbs “TO LOOK TO” when you trust, when you rely on someone or something for any help or advice. Whitney Houston has a very beautiful song called “I look to you” – you should add it to your playlist to practice this phrasal verb by the way but let me give you other examples now:
- We have always looked to our mother for guidance.
- I always look to him for direction in everything
- Next Phrasal Verb: TO LOOK FOR: When you try to find or search for something or someone, so you can use the phrasal verb TO LOOK FOR. When you don’t know where something or someone is, you are going to look for him, her or it like: “Hey mom, I’m looking for my jacket. Do you know where it is?” or “My friends were looking for some answers regarding the accident.”
- Number four: TO LOOK AFTER: To look after is the same as TO TAKE CARE of someone or something. Do you know babysitters? They look after some family’s kids. You can tell your friends you can’t go out at night because you have to look after your little sister. Another example? “I need to find someone to look after my dogs while I’m traveling on vacation. Got this one?
- One more: TO LOOK FORWARD TO: Be careful with this one by the way and I’ll tell you why but first, the meaning: When you look forward to something or to doing something, it means you’re very anxious or kind of excited about something that will happen in the future. And I told you guys to be careful because, if you add another verb right after this phrasal verb, it must come with ING.
- I’ll be looking forward to hearing from you.
- She was looking forward to traveling to California with her friends.
But if you just add a noun for instance, so it will be like:
- I’m really looking forward to Easter this year because my family is coming over.
- He was looking forward to his birthday party.
- TO LOOK OUT. This phrasal verb is very common when you want to warn somebody to be careful. Simple like that!
- Hey look out, there’s a car coming on the other side of the road.
- Mom, look out! There’s a broken glass on the floor.
- Guys, look out! There are fake teachers in the market trying to deceive you and just get your money! I mean it.
- One more: TO LOOK BACK: When you LOOK BACK guys, you think about something in the past. Be careful because this phrasal verb has nothing to do with turning around and checking something out ok? TO LOOK BACK is used for situations in the past. For example: “When I look back on my childhood, I realize how lucky I was to have great memories and experiences.”
- And the last one: TO LOOK DOWN ON: Every time you consider another person inferior than you or believe you’re better than somebody else, so you’re looking down on someone. Well, of course that’s just the explanation because I know you guys don’t do it and if you see somebody looking down on someone else, tell him/her off ok? TO LOOK DOWN ON SOMEBODY is very very nasty. Anyway, let’s check some examples:
- I hate the way that my boss looks down on me; he always treats me as if I was less important than him.
- Hey, don’t look down on me just because I make some mistakes in English. I’m still learning ok?
Guys, these were just 8 phrasal verbs we have with the verb TO LOOK. We have many other ones but as you know, I don’t like bringing huge lists. Work hard with these ones from today and I’ll bring more phrasal verbs as soon as possible (using other verbs) so you can memorize, improve your vocabulary and not only understand but also speak English better.
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