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Common Errors in English: Phrasal Verbs with LOOK

Don’t say: “Look this picture.”

Say: “Look at this picture.”

There are many phrasal verbs with the word “look.” The different prepositions in the phrasal verbs create different meanings:

Look at – Direct attention to something

Look for – Try to find something that is lost:

  • “I’m looking for my glasses. Do you know where they are?”

Look up – Try to find information:

  • “I always look up new words in the dictionary.”

Look up to (someone) – Admire a person for their good character.

  • “I really look up to my father – I hope to be as kind and generous as he is.”

Look down on (someone) – Consider a person to be inferior.

  • “My boss is so arrogant. She looks down on everybody and treats us like we don’t know anything.”

Look after – Take care of.

  • “I’m looking after my neighbor’s dogs while she’s on vacation.”

Look into – Investigate.

  • “The police are looking into the case.”

Look forward to – Be happy about something that will happen in the future.

  • “I’m really looking forward to our family trip to the mountains. It’s going to be so relaxing!”

Look over – Review, evaluate, check for errors.

  • “Can you look over my report and make some suggestions on how to improve it?”

Look out! – Be careful!

  • “Look out! That pan is going to fall off the stove.”