8 Phrases That Use Look – English Vocabulary Lesson

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Look is an interesting verb in English. You probably know that we use look at when we use our intention, and the object of looking doesn’t move. For example, we:

  • Look at a photo
  • Look at a clock
  • Look at a flower

For today’s free English Lesson, I am going to show you 8 other common uses of the verb look.

Look at also means to examine or consider something:

  • We are looking at a new marketing plan.
  • Jack said he’s looking at buying a new car.

Look around means to move around in a place in order to view what is available there:

  • I was looking around the mall with my sister.
  • Let’s look around Chinatown. There are many interesting shops there.

Look for means search or try to find:

  • I’m looking for Jack. Have you seen him?
  • We have been looking for new office space.

Look into means to investigate something in detail:

  • The bank director was looking into the missing money.
  • The police detective is going to look into the suspect’s background.

Look like means resemble:

  • Jack looks like his father.
  • This desk looks like the desk I used in elementary school.

Look through means to peruse, and we usually look through a book, a catalog, or other printed matter:

  • I was looking through the Ikea catalog for some new living room furniture.
  • I like to look through cook books when I want to make dinner.

Look to + noun means to rely on someone for help or to do something:

  • I look to Gloria to help me with editing my books.
  • Jack looks to his boss assistance when he has trouble with a customer.

Look + infinitive (to verb) means to expect or hope to do something:

  • I am look to find a new apartment.
  • The company is looking to expand its operation in Asia.

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